DARTMOUTH - A student at Dartmouth High School was removed from the campus Friday after allegedly posting a threatening message on social media.

Dartmouth Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bonny Gifford tells WBSM News that school officials and Dartmouth Police were made aware of an alarming Snapchat post by a student Friday morning. The post allegedly showed an image from a newscast in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were gunned down in a high school on Wednesday. The post included a caption that read, "Mad school shootings I can't wait for this to happened to my school."


Student Resource Officers at Dartmouth High School interviewed the student, whom Dr. Gifford described as "struggling" with their academics. The student reportedly showed no remorse for the posting, and has been transported to St. Luke's Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Dr. Gifford says an email detailing the situation and the outcome was sent to school staff and parents. The superintendent says at no time was there any real threat to the safety of students and faculty at Dartmouth High School.

Dr. Gifford says a disciplinary hearing regarding the student's behavior and what course of action will be taken against the student, if any, will be held when school is back in session. Area schools are scheduled for their normal February vacation next week.

Dr. Gifford was not able to release the age or grade level of the student in question.

Similar threats in Fall River and New Bedford were also treated with an abundance of caution.

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