UPDATE: Keith Middle School Student Was Arrested for Threats
NEW BEDFORD - The student accused of making threats at a middle school in New Bedford on Monday has been arrested, police confirm.
Tuesday afternoon, New Bedford Police told WBSM News the student was arrested and charged with making threats after he made verbal threats inside a classroom at Keith Middle School on Monday.
A statement earlier Tuesday morning from Arthur Motta, Community and Public Affairs Manager for New Bedford Public Schools, did not confirm nor deny if the student was arrested when asked by WBSM News. The statement only indicated that the student was taken to an office within the school where "disciplinary consequences were served."
The statement from New Bedford Public Schools also indicated that New Bedford Police determined that the threat was "baseless."
No further information on the student's identity was released, including age, since the student is a juvenile.
Neither New Bedford Public Schools nor the New Bedford Police Department would specify what type of threat was made by the student.
Parents of students inside the classroom at the time were made aware of the incident, and counseling was made available to the children on Tuesday for any concerns they may have over their classmate's behavior.