Amherst school closed after student posts possible weapon threat - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM

Police ID student who possibly brought firearm to school

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Authorities closed Amherst High School Monday because of a social media post. Authorities closed Amherst High School Monday because of a social media post.
AMHERST, MA (WSHM) -

Amherst High School was cleared Monday after police identified the suspect who made reference to possibly carrying a firearm on school grounds, according to Lt. Ronald Young of the Amherst Police Department.

Amherst school officials contacted police Sunday regarding social media activity that indicated the student, who Amherst police did not identify, possibly brought a firearm to school.

"The student's parents have been an integral part of this investigation and have taken custody of the student," Young said.

Detectives have reviewed digital data and interviewed witnesses throughout the ongoing investigation, though no criminal charges have been filed.

The school was closed Monday as a precaution, and to assist Amherst police while they began their investigation. Staff, students and the public were prohibited from entering the campus buildings, including the South East Campus facilities.

The student was not from Amherst so it was a multi-jurisdiction investigation. State police, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and members of the bomb squad were involved in the search Monday.

Superintendent Maria Geryk and Principal Mark Jackson will hold an informational session for concerned parents and guardians at 7 p.m. Monday in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium at 170 Chestnut St.

CBS 3 will provide updates as they are made available.

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