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Chicopee Police investigating message circulating on Snapchat

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Chicopee Police are investigating a threatening message circulating on social media.

The message threatened gun violence at DuPont Middle School in Chicopee.

Many parents reached out to Western Mass News with their concerns, telling us they’re keeping their children home tomorrow.

Police are actively investigating where the message that was spreading on Snapchat originated.

Parents told us they are worried about the safety of their children at school Monday.

Michelle Frangakis, parent of a DuPont student, said the message was very disturbing.

“Literally made me sick to my stomach,” Frangakis said. “And upset over the entire situation especially since my child attends the school.”

This message on Snapchat referenced bullying and revenge.

While dozens of parents sent screenshots of the message to Western Mass News, Chicopee police are asking us not to share the graphic message.

“Whether it’s a hoax or the real thing, it’s always a concern in this day and age,” parent, Scott Gonyer said.

Frangakis of Chicopee has children at both DuPont and Chicopee High School and told us she’s keeping them home from school on Monday.

“Absolutely not, they will definitely be staying home tomorrow,” Frangakis said.

Frangakis' daughter Sarah, a high school senior, said she’s concerned that if this student isn’t caught, he or she could change plans.

“My second thought was, ‘If cops show up at DuPont, will Chicopee High be the next target?’, because its right down the street.” Sarah said.

The Chicopee Police Department is taking this threat very seriously and continue to investigate.

Western Mass News continues to follow this story and will share updates as they become available. Stay with us on-air and online for the latest details.

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