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Holyoke PD investigate threat made by elementary school student

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HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

An investigation by the Holyoke Police Department is underway after a verbal threat was made by a student at the Blessed Sacrament School. 

According to Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert, one student said they were going to bring a weapon to school.

The threat was reportedly heard by several other students who were alarmed by the comment, and appropriately reported the threat to school officials who then reported it to police on Thursday.

Now, Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert said they are in the beginning stages of the investigation, and police have interviewed all parties involved. 

The Blessed Sacrament School is run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. 

Mark Dupont, Spokesperson for the Springfield Diocese, told Western Mass News the student who allegedly made the threat has been suspended until the investigation by Holyoke Police is complete. 

Dupont said an alert was sent to parents on Thursday letting them know there was a "situation" and it is being handled. 

Dupont added that there is "zero tolerance for such activity or behavior", and disciplinary actions are pending.

There is no word on whether or not there will be a police presence outside the school Friday morning.

This is now the 5th Western Mass. school to have a threat made against them since the shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL that killed 17 people.

Others include Tri-County School in Easthampton, The Granby Junior/Senior High School and Palmer High School.

Police said they have interviewed all the people they need to as the investigation continues on.

Western Mass News will continue to follow the latest on this story both on-air and online. 

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