Students are being credited for alerting police late last night to a threat against an East Longmeadow school.
Police said the late night threat on social media directed to the Birchland Park Middle School was a hoax.
The school actually opened on time Wednesday morning. The superintendent crediting town police, school staff, and students for their quick action.
East Longmeadow School Superintendent Gordon Smith told Western Mass News that a number of students notified Birchland's vice principal and police about the threat posted on social media, at about 10:30 Tuesday night.
"In a relatively quick time, even though it took us past midnight, we were able to resolve the situation and find out that it was a hoax. There was never a danger or threat to anyone at Birchland Park Middle School," said Smith.
Smith said police quickly traced the threat to a few students, and a robo call about the situation went out to all parents first thing Wednesday morning.
"So we were able to act incredibly quickly because of how well students, staff, police department all work together. It's really incredible. I can't say enough about the East Longmeadow Police Department," Smith continued.
Smith credits the relationship town police have with school staff, parents and particularly students.
"There's a relationship that’s being built between our students and members of the East Longmeadow Police Department, that's pretty incredible," Smith noted.
Recent East Longmeadow graduates said that relationship makes a difference, especially in light of recent school shootings.
"Our student resource officer definitely makes time to get to know the kids throughout the whole school to make sure they feel comfortable to approach him," said Lauren Gauvine.
"All these tragedies that are happening are horrific but I really give these kids credit for speaking up," said Angelo Morace.
"It takes a full community and we saw that happen last night," Smith continued.
As for what will happen to the students accused of making the threat, the superintendent said that is still being worked out.
Needless to say, Smith noted that poor decisions were made and they are taking this matter very seriously.
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