MIDDLEBOROUGH — A 13-year-old boy in Middleborough is being charged after he allegedly made threats to fellow students on social media.

Middleborough Police received a report Sunday morning from concerned parents who claimed that their children had received threats from a classmate.

During the investigation, police learned the boy had made the threats on Instagram, and obtained a search warrant for his home. Police searched the boy's residence Monday morning and did not find any weapons. The threat was deemed not credible by police.

The boy, who is not being publicly identified because he is a juvenile, is a student at Nichols Middle School. He is being charged with eight counts of threats to commit a crime and one count of making terroristic threats.

"We take threats of any kind seriously," Chief Perkins said. "There is no such thing as joking around when it comes to violence in school and this type of behavior will not be tolerated."

Superintendent Brian Lynch said, "I want to thank the Middleborough Police for their efforts in quickly resolving this matter. The safety of our students is our top priority and we applaud the children who told their parents about this incident so that it could be properly investigated."

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