Arrest made in connection to hoax threat toward Ludlow H.S. - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Arrest made in connection to hoax threat toward Ludlow H.S.

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LUDLOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Ludlow police said they have arrested a person in connection to a hoax threat that was made towards the high school. 

Lt. Michael Brennan said 24-year-old Philip Costa of Ludlow allegedly posted on Snapchat saying there would be a mass shooting at Ludlow High School. 

Police and school officials were notified of the threat just before 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Further investigation by police determined the threat made by Costa was in fact a hoax, and he was the only one involved in making the threat.

Ludlow School Superintendent Todd Gazda said the district will take all possible steps to make sure the students are safe.

This latest threat comes just a few months after there were multiple school threats made at schools across western Massachusetts, and a majority of those threats this year have been on social media.

"The Ludlow Police Department would like to thank the members of the public who came forward and provided information crucial to quick resolution of the investigation," Lt. Brennan wrote.

Costa has been charged with the following:

  • Threaten the use of a deadly weapon
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Disturbing a school
  • Disturbing the peace

Lt. Brennan said Costa is expected to be arraigned Friday at Palmer District Court.

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

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