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Mashpee High School student charged with felony after allegedly sending threatening tweet to rival

A 16-year-old Mashpee High School student has been charged with a felony and two misdemeanors in allegedly sending a threatening message on Twitter concerning a rival school, officials said Wednesday.

“When someone says in a tweet that they’re going to shoot everyone up, we’re going to get involved,” said Mashpee Police Chief Rodney Collins, who did not release the student’s name.

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On Monday, Rockland school officials received a printed copy of a Twitter communication between the student and a Rockland teenager that contained the threat, Rockland High School principal Alan H. Cron wrote in a letter posted on the school’s website.

After the message was brought to Mashpee police, “detectives conducted a thorough investigation and arrested the juvenile,” Collins said.

The charges were threatening to cause a school disturbance, threatening to commit a crime, and disturbing a school assembly.

The alleged threat was ­apparently made before a highly anticipated basketball game between the two schools, both in the South Shore League. Each had 8-0 records going into Monday night’s game at ­Rockland High. Rockland beat Mashpee 78 to 51.

There was additional security for the game, according to Cron’s statement.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
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