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A 16-year-old high school student in New York was arrested after allegedly making a threat on Thursday to carry out a shooting at his high school, just two days after 19 children and two adults were gunned down at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The student, from Bellport High School in Brookhaven, New York, whose name is not being released because of his age, allegedly made a post on the “Bellport Scholars” Instagram page stating that there could be a mass shooting on Friday at the school, according to FOX 5.
He was arrested on Thursday night after police received 911 calls about the post, and officers did not find weapons in the house.
The 16-year-old was charged with making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment, which are crimes that are not bail eligible, according to the report.
Bellport High School (Google Maps)
District Attorney Raymond Tierney said that he takes these threats seriously.
“We take these threats seriously and will devote our resources to ensuring the safety of our children,” said Tierney.
“Our legislators need to fix this disastrous ‘bail reform.’ I am convening a School Safety Summit here in Suffolk County with parents, teachers, school officials, law enforcement and my office to work on improving our response to school safety threats and keeping our kids safe,” said Tierney. “I thank Suffolk police for their swift action here. Upon learning of this threat, they worked with my office to locate and interview the individual responsible for the threat. In addition, they searched and determined that there were no guns in the home.”