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Cops: Student threatened Sewanhaka High School

A student at Sewanhaka High School was charged

A student at Sewanhaka High School was charged Tuesday, March 6, 2018, with making a terroristic threat after posting a photo of himself holding a gun and another depicting the campus on fire, Nassau police said. Credit: Newsday / Amra Radoncic

A student from Franklin Square threatened his high school by posting a photo of himself with a gun and another one depicting his campus on fire, Nassau police said Tuesday.

Joseph K. Khanat, 17, of Litchfield Ave., was charged Tuesday with making a terroristic threat — a felony — against Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park and was expected to be arraigned Wednesday. He and his family could not be immediately reached Tuesday night.

Khanat is the third Nassau teenager in the past 10 days to face the charge of making a terrorist threat, either directed at their high school or another student. On Feb. 24, a student at Valley Stream North High School, was charged after he made remarks “threatening violence to the school/students,” Nassau police said.

On Friday, a Farmingdale High School student was charged after making a threat to the school, a Nassau police spokesman said. The threat involved a statement made from one student to another, the spokesman said.

Khanat is accused of posting the two photographs on Snapchat, police said, and the one of himself had a caption using threatening words against the school.

When the assistant principal learned of the threat and notified authorities, Floral Park police arrived and took the teenager into custody, Nassau police said.

The threat was against an administrator, and it was addressed immediately, high school principal Chris Salinas told parents in a robocall.

“During the investigation the student in question was compliant and responsible,” Salinas said in the call. “The threat made was isolated to the individuals involved and no other students, faculty, or staff were impacted by the threat.”

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