Following the latest rash of school shooting threats across the region, one local parent is taking action.
The mother of five said she wants to build a support system for children who live in the city of Springfield.
Since February, dozens of people have been killed in school shootings.
In the days following the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Valentine’s Day, Springfield police made ten arrests for hoax threats, and assisted with two other arrests in nearby communities.
Since then, that number has increased, and one local parent is taking action.
Angelina Erdei has five children who attend Springfield Public Schools, and she said there’s a lack of community involvement and feels it is leading to school shooting threats.
“I think it would help because it would keep the kids off the streets and in a safer environment," said Erdei.
Erdei launched a campaign on GoFundMe and raised $30,000 with the ambitious goal of launching a community center by next summer.
Her focus is creating community groups on the outskirts of Springfield where she said there are less opportunities for kids to get involved.
“What I’m doing currently is collaborate with our educators and our local leaders, our state leaders so I can have meetings, so I can start and learn what I need to do," Erdei noted.
A spokesperson for the Springfield Police Department told Western Mass News that community involvement is vital to keeping kids out of trouble.
“Anything can help and she is making an effort. We’d love to get her in touch with some of our C-3 officers who do some of these programs and maybe they can collaborate ideas, especially over the summer. It’s a very important time to keep kids busy and involved," said Ryan Walsh.
Erdei said she’s still in the early stages of this campaign, but asks anyone in the community interested in getting involved to get in touch.
“If you can help with food preparation, if you can volunteer your time, if you can help locate a facility so this can help get off the ground and get started, anything and everything helps," she added.
To get in touch with Angelina, or to donate to her campaign, please visit the link here.
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