Man accused of making fake threat towards Ludlow High arraigned - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Man accused of making fake threat towards Ludlow High arraigned

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PALMER, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A Ludlow man, accused of making a threat against the high school through social media, pleaded not guilty in court on Friday.

Investigators said that this isn’t the first time he’s been known to make threats.  

Today in court, Philip Manuel Costa didn’t say a word during his arraignment, but police said he admitted to posting on Snapchat that there would be a mass shooting, warning students to not to come to Ludlow High School. 

That threat was proved not credible by police who said that Costa has a history of using the social media app to make similar threats.

In Palmer District Court on Friday, Costa nodded at his court appointed attorney as a not guilty plea was entered on several charges stemming from a social threat of a mass shooting towards the high school.

In court documents obtained by Western Mass News, police said a Snapchat message was posted before 4 p.m. on Thursday “on an account belonging to Philip Costa who has been known to the Ludlow Police Department for similar threats in the recent past."

The report goes on to say that Costa claimed he had heard someone was planning a mass shooting and that he was trying to talk that person out of it, warning students to stay home.

Police initially spoke with Costa, who gave them a name of the person planning the attack, but after speaking with the high school principal, turns out that there was no student at Ludlow High School with that name.

The police report said that “roughly 20 to 30 minutes after his encounter with police, he posted on his Snapchat ‘pretty much all of you got played.'"

Also, later, “in the video, Costa is clearly talking about the threat and admits the entire scenario was a lie and he knew he could get away with it.”

Costa was then arrested at his home and parents of Ludlow High students were notified of the threat through a community phone call.

Costa will be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing set for May 22.

Western Mass News had a crew in court and will have the very latest starting at 5 p.m. on ABC40.

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