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11-year-old girl arrested in Chicopee school bomb threat hoax

A bomb threat to a Chicopee middle school led to the arrest Sunday of an 11-year-old girl who previously attended the school, according to local police.

The Chicopee police Facebook account was inundated around 6 p.m. Sunday with messages from parents that included copies of the threat to Dupont Memorial Middle School the girl made on Snapchat, Officer Michael Wilk, a department spokesman, said Monday morning.

Within about four hours, Wilk said, police had investigated the threat and arrested the girl, who no longer lives in Chicopee.

“She claimed it was a hoax, but obviously we don’t take these things lightly,” he said.

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There will be additional police on the middle school campus on Monday to help reassure parents, he said, though authorities believe there is no credible threat to the school.

Wilk said the swift reaction of students and parents to the Snapchat posting showed that public safety campaigns are having the intended effect.

“We tell the kids, ‘If you see something, say something. If you’re concerned about something, tell us right away.’ And they did,” Wilk said.


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.