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2 Teens Arrested for Threats of Violence Toward High School

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    Two Freshman Accused of Making Violent School Threats

    Two Massachusetts teenagers have been arrested for allegedly making threats of violence against students in their high school.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

    Two students - ages 14 and 15 - have been arrested for making threats to commit acts of violence at Rockland High School on Friday.

    Police and school officials said the two Rockland High freshmen allegedly called an unnamed Boston television news station around 1:25 p.m. and told them they planned to harm people at their school. The station called police, prompting a police investigation.

    The students believed to be responsible for making the threat were identified and arrested within 30 minutes of their call to the TV station. They now face charges of making terroristic threats and disturbing a school assembly. Their names are not being released because they are juveniles.

    Police said they don't yet know if the threat was credible.

    The 15-year-old was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation, police said. The suspects will be held pending their arraignment in Hingham Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

    As a precautionary measure, all school facilities in Rockland were told to shelter in place during the investigation. The shelter in place was lifted once the situation was resolved, and students were dismissed in the usual manner on Friday afternoon.

    "The Rockland Police Department acted quickly to respond to this threat, and the individuals are in custody," School Superintendent Alan Cron said in a statement. "I am very pleased that our faculty and staff and the police department worked closely this afternoon, following all of the policies and procedures we have in place in the event of an emergency. What matters most is that no one was harmed today."

    The investigation is ongoing.

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