11-year-old accused of making social media threat to Cranston High School West

Cranston police are seen outside Cranston High School West, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, after a threat was sent directly to a school member through social media this past weekend. (WLNE)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — An 11-year-old is accused of making a social media threat that led to more police at Cranston High School West Monday.

Police said the 11-year-old made the threat over the weekend that was “specific to Cranston West.”

The Cranston Public School District said the threat was sent directly to a school member and reported to the administration Sunday.

Cranston police are seen outside Cranston High School West, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, after a threat was sent directly to a school member through social media this past weekend. (WLNE)

In a letter sent to parents Sunday, obtained by ABC 6 News Monday, the school district said after that school member reported the threat, they immediately launched an investigation.

Maj. Todd Patalano said the juvenile isn’t a student of Cranston Public Schools and attends a private school.

Patalano said it was “confirmed the juvenile has no means to carry out the threat and the threat was not credible.”

The 11-year-old was charged accordingly, said police.

Monday, police were seen outside of the school as a precaution.

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