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Arrest made following East Longmeadow bomb scare

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EAST LONGMEADOW, MA (WSHM) -

One day after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of an East Longmeadow middle school, police say they're taking action against the two people they believe to be responsible.

"When the call was called in, the caller told the woman that answered the phone that, 'There's a bomb in the building, there's a bomb in the building and everyone's going to die,'" said East Longmeadow Police Sgt. Pat Manley.

After the phone call was received Wednesday afternoon, Birchland Park Middle School was evacuated, and a community was put on edge. It's a feeling that's become all too familiar at schools across the country since the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut on Friday.

"Some people might think that we took it more serious this time," said Manley. "We take it just as serious every time. But, I think there's a heightened awareness of people's sensitivities right now and how concerned people are about the well-being of their children in the schools."

Fortunately the threat was a hoax and less than 24 hours later, police have gotten to the bottom of it with the help of a parent.

"We received a call from a parent that helped out. They happened to notice some text messages that indicated that their child had some involvement," said Manley.

Police say there will be serious consequences for those responsible and that they are not going to tolerate this kind of behavior.

Police say they believe a 14-year-old old from East Longmeadow and a 17-year-old from Washington State, who met on a gaming site, planned to make the threat together. Authorities say that it has been determined that the call came from the teen in Washington.

"Even if they think it's a joke, it's not a joke and it is a great expense to the community," said Manley. "It taxes people's emotions and concerns and makes them very worried."

The 14-year-old has already been arrested and appeared in Juvenile Court Thursday. A warrant has been issued for the 17-year-old and police hope to charge him in Palmer District Court sometime in the near future.

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