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Bay Shore student’s shooting threat prompts school safety concerns
The Bay Shore board of education fielded several questions about school safety at its Wednesday meeting, with a fresh local cause for concern — five days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Bay Shore Middle School received a threat of a school shooting.
An unidentified 14-year-old Bay Shore student was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly created a Facebook page in the name of a female student and made a post, in her name, threatening a shooting at the school. The student arrested was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony.
Laurie Elliott, of Brightwaters, an elementary school parent, said many parents did not receive on their cellphones the automated calls they get during emergencies such as the arrest. That meant many working parents had no idea something happened, she said.
“This was clearly an emergency, and it should have gone to the parents’ cellphones,” Elliott said, adding that information in the web posting was vague.
Elliott also said parents heard no follow-up after the events in Newtown and said there has been no discussion on how the district is improving security.
Acting Superintendent Edmund Frazier said the district wanted to err on the side of caution.
“There’s always a danger when you do things very quickly that misinformation is out there, as we saw in Newtown,” Frazier said. “At no point were we in lockdown, at no point were there any weapons in the school.”
Frazier also said the district is re-examining its security measures but could not publicly disclose any details.
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