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Local police prepared to handle school emergencies

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

In the wake of the latest school shooting Friday in Indiana, police officers in western Massachusetts told us they remain prepared.

The scariest part of this is that it's getting difficult to keep track of these school shootings, but it is comforting to know that police officers are trained in this and know how to respond should tragedy strike.

"As a parent, you get nervous, you get scared, you get worried," said Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh.

Following a shooting at a middle school in Indiana today, local police departments remind the public they remain ready for anything.

"I can assure you the Springfield Police Department does everything it can do behind the scenes, inside the school, inside the neighborhood and around, to make sure we are keeping our kids safe," Walsh explained.

Just one week ago, ten people lost their lives in a shooting at a Texas high school and in February, a gunman shot and killed 17 people at a south Florida high school.

In western Massachusetts, schools have reported various unfounded school shooting threats over the last several months.

Local police told Western Mass News that anyone who creates a threat of any kind will be prosecuted. 

Just this week, police arrested a teenager for allegedly making a threat against Quaboag Regional High School.  That threat was posted to Snapchat.

"The kids were really our first line of defense here.  They're really in tune to the Snapchat and the Facebook," said Warren Police Chief Bruce Spiewakowski.

That's why officers also remind students: if you see a threat of any kind, contact your local police department either on Facebook, by phone, or in person, so if you see something, say something.

"Every one of these incidents is an utter tragedy," Walsh noted.

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