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Parents cautious to send kids back to school in wake of Texas school shooting

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A sentiment echoed among parents across the country, as we head into another week of classes after the latest school shooting, this time in Texas.

Angelina Erdei has five children ranging in age from five to fourteen years old, all of them attending Springfield public schools

Erdei tells Western Mass News how she felt when a threat surfaced at her child's school.

"It makes parents like me feel very uneasy," she stated. "Because it's hard to get a call even though it was a false threat and think my student's in harm's way and may lose their life."

For parents like Angelina, there's a comfort in knowing the significant role police departments play in school.

In addition to seeing more and more of these school shootings happening all over the country, we're also seeing a growing number of threats.

In the days following the Parkland, Florida school shooting in February, Springfield Police made ten arrests for hoax threats.

That means police conducted their investigation after a threat surfaced and they found no weapons or credibility to the threats.

However, police officers took those hoax threats seriously and made those arrests.

In addition to making ten arrests in Springfield, they assisted with two other arrests in nearby communities.

These threats are surfacing all over social media from Snapchat to Facebook to Instagram.

The Springfield Police Departments want students to know this is not a joke and they use all possible methods to catch the person responsible for creating any sort of threat.

Ryan Walsh, a spokesperson for the Springfield Police Department, tells Western Mass News that anyone who sees a threat or hears about one, that person should contact the Springfield Police Department.

You can do so by messaging them on Facebook or calling their non-emergency report line by dialing 311.

If you live in another city or town, contact your local police department.

Even though officers are constantly monitoring social media, they don't always see everything right away.

If you see something, say something, says Walsh.

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