Authorities find Berkshire Community College threat not credible

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PITTSFIELD Authorities have determined that a threat made by an individual who said that someone would bring a gun to Berkshire Community College on Monday morning was not credible.

The school received a call at 9:40 a.m. from someone claiming that an individual planned to bring a gun to the college's main campus on West Street. The call to the school came after two individuals were involved in a dispute, and one called the college and said the other was bringing a gun to the school, according to BCC spokeswoman Christina Wynn.

Law enforcement authorities determined the threat was not credible after speaking with the person who had threatened to bring the gun to BCC, Wynn said. The incident was resolved around 1 p.m.

State Police troopers from the Cheshire barracks were dispatched to BCC's West Street campus after the college received a third-party report that a woman might try to enter the campus with a firearm, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio. No threats had been received by either the college or students. Wynn said school officials believe the individual who placed the call was a male.

Troopers then located the student who made the threat at her home, and determined that she was not a threat and did not possess firearms.

Those who traveled to the West Street campus after the threat was received were asked for identification before the incident was resolved. BCC's West Street campus was not placed on lockdown. Students and faculty who were already at BCC were notified of the incident through the school's emergency notification system.

A follow-up investigation into the report made to BCC is being conducted by troopers assigned to the Berkshire County State Police Detective Unit.

Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6224.

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