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SPRINGFIELD – Police arrested a 13-year-old Holyoke girl on felony charges Wednesday for posting a bomb threat against a Springfield school over social media, police said.

The arrest is the second on Wednesday and the third since Monday in which police have located and charged teens for threatening school violence, according to police department spokesman Ryan Walsh.

None of the threats to any of the schools were found to be credible and no one was in danger, he said. But the threats themselves were treated very seriously, and in each instance police filed felony charges.

Around the region and across the county, police and school officials have been dealing with a rash of threats promising violence. All this comes in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were shot to death.

The Holyoke girl was arrested as a result of officers working together with the department’s Real Time Analysis Center to identify the author of the social media post threatening violence against the South End Middle School, Walsh said.

She is charged with communicating a bomb threat, he said.

Also on Wednesday, police arrested a 15-year-old girl for making a false bomb threat against Chestnut Middle School in Springfield.

On Monday, a 13-year-old boy was arrested for making a false bomb threat over social media against STEM Middle Academy.

None of their names were released to the press due to their ages. Each will be charged in Springfield Juvenile Court.

Walsh said police investigate every potential threat against schools on social media.

“The Springfield Police Department urges parents to speak to their children about the seriousness of these actions,” he said.

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