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.
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.