Longmeadow officials call threat at Glenbrook Middle School a ‘criminal hoax’

School officials and Longmeadow police claimed a threat written on a bathroom wall last week a “criminal hoax,” according to a message to the Glenbrook Middle School community on Sunday.

Even so, the school will begin with a two-hour delay on Monday, according to Longmeadow Superintendent Marty O’Shea, with additional police presence will be at the middle school throughout the day. The written threat discovered last week prompted Longmeadow school officials to cancel school on Friday.

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“In cooperation with the LPD (Longmeadow Police Department), the threat that resulted in the custody closing of school on Friday has been thoroughly assessed and investigated,” O’Shea wrote. “While the investigation is ongoing, it has turned up no evidence that an actual, credible threat exists.”

O’Shea wrote that the investigation “points conclusively towards this being a criminal hoax,” although a “perpetrator” has not yet been identified.

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Staff at Glenbrook Middle School were provided with time to debrief about the threat with the Longmeadow Police Department and administration officials during the Monday morning delay, O’Shea said.

“Principal [Nikcole] Allen will provide Glenbrook families and staff with additional information later today,” O’Shea wrote.

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