Huntington High School.

Huntington High School. Credit: Howard Simmons

The maker of TikTok videos that the Huntington school district considered threatening enough to seek police patrols Monday on campus has been identified, with the case in the hands of the police department, the superintendent said.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Superintendent James W. Polansky declined to identify the person who made the video, or say whether the person would be or has been disciplined, but said "the matter has been resolved."

Polansky said there have been at least two videos posted, apparently by the same person. In an email sent by the district over the weekend, Polansky called the TikTok video "disturbing" and initially asked police to increase patrols at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School. He said Monday afternoon that he doesn't think the threats were credible.

"The video threatened violence at Finley Middle School on Wednesday. Upon receiving a copy of the video and associated information, the police were contacted promptly," he said in the email.

At least one of the videos spliced together images of other students’ online accounts, showed the school, and suggested that there would be violence on Wednesday, he said.

"There were a number of different students who the person who did this reached out to, and, when, I think, a request was accepted, the person spliced a handful of students’ page logos together," the superintendent said. "This person was probably looking for people to follow, and this is how he approached it."

Asked whether the police would return Tuesday to patrol the schools, he said: "The individual responsible has been identified, and there’s nothing more they need to do at this point."

J. Taylor Finley Middle School in Huntington in 2011.

J. Taylor Finley Middle School in Huntington in 2011. Credit: John Dunn

"At the end of the day, I don’t believe there was any credible threat. But you don’t know that when you first see something like this, and you act on the side of caution," he added.

He said in the interview that the public tipped off the district to the videos.

In an email Monday, the Suffolk County Police Department said that the Second Precinct crime section officers "are investigating a threat posted on social media" in the district.

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