WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield police arrested a 16 year old freshman at the high school for allegedly making a threat to the school on Thursday, December 8. The teenager is charged with making a false report of a bomb.
West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani told 22News police made the arrest Wednesday night and released the unidentified teenager to his/her parents.
West Springfield High School students were dismissed early on Thursday the 8th, after threatening messages were e-mailed to staff members at the school.
Chief Campurciani says the FBI initially traced the emails to a user in Romania. West Springfield police detectives continued to track the emails and discovered the student sent the emails from their Chrome Book from the cafeteria. Campurciani says that the student sent two emails within 20 minutes of another because the student believed the first email didn’t go through. Campurciani told 22News the student was able to send the emails through a domain in Romania, which then re-routed the emails back to the school, making it look like the emails came from out of the country.
Chief Campurciani doesn’t believe there was ever any real threat, but instead a student doing this to prove that they could. He says the student cooperated when questioned by police.
The student’s name is not being released because the child is 16 years old.