A custodian at an East Norwich school arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat has been suspended from his job, school officials said Friday.
Brian Hulsen, 40, of Bethpage, was talking with a female faculty member at James H. Vernon School in East Norwich last Friday afternoon when, the teacher said, Hulsen made verbal threats toward another teacher at the school and made a threat against the school, according to Nassau County police.
Hulsen was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home on Irving Street and charged with making a terroristic threat, a D felony, police said. He was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead and released on $5,000 bail, according to defense attorney Ron Bekoff of Garden City. His next court date is Wednesday.
The Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District issued a statement Friday saying it alerted Nassau police to "a disturbing comment made by an employee" and took additional security precautions as police investigated.
"At no time was the safety and security of students and staff in jeopardy," the district said in the statement. "The employee has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation and is prohibited from returning to school property and having contact with any staff or students."
"I think they're going to have a heck of a time proving it," Bekoff said. He said Hulsen, who is married with four kids and who Bekoff said has no criminal record, "said something out of frustration to someone in the faculty room. He never took any action."
He declined to say what Hulsen told him he said to the faculty member, saying he hasn't heard the prosecution's take on what Hulsen said.