Tuesday, March 12, 2024

What Happened at HCSD

Yesterday, the Hudson Police Department issued the following press release regarding an incident that took place last week at Hudson High School.
On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at approximately 5:32 p.m., the Hudson Police Department received a report from a concerned mother and her juvenile daughter regarding disturbing physical threats received on the daughter's cell phone. The unknown sender conveyed intentions to harm the 17-year-old female and her friends, referencing a recent altercation on the school bus. The 17-year-old female received text messages stating she was going be “poked” and “stab all of ur friends” and “I’ll jump u in school.” The suspect further escalated the situation by sending images of a knife and a black long rifle, threatening violence at the victim's school. 
Immediately responding to the gravity of the situation, the Hudson City School District was informed to ensure the safety of students. The HPD patrol division transferred the case to the Detective Unit, who collaborated with the New York State Police Major Crimes division to trace the origin of the threatening text messages. 
Subsequent to a coordinated effort involving the Haverhill Police Department (Haverhill, Massachusetts), New York State Police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Hudson Police Department, a search warrant was executed on March 8, 2024. The operation successfully led to the recovery of the mentioned long gun and knife at a residence in Massachusetts. A person of interest, a juvenile, was interviewed by the police, and charges are pending. 
During the investigation, it came to light that the juvenile had a history of making bomb threats to a Massachusetts school, leading to a previous investigation by the Haverhill Police Department. 
Chief Mishanda Franklin of the Hudson Police Department issued the following statement: "This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of swift and collaborative action in ensuring the safety of our community. The dedication and professionalism demonstrated by all law enforcement agencies involved exemplify our shared commitment to protecting the well-being of our residents and students." 
The New York State Police, Major Crimes, Troop K, Massachusetts State Police, JTTF (Joint Terrorist Task Force), Haverhill Police Department, and the Hudson City School District have collectively played vital roles in the ongoing investigation. 
The Hudson City Police Department encourages anyone with additional information related to this incident to contact the Detective Division at (518) 828-3388.

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