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Cops: More patrols at 2 William Floyd schools after social media threat

Suffolk police on Friday sent extra patrols to the high school and middle school in the William Floyd school district in Mastic Beach after an anonymous threat was made on social media, officials said.

District officials on Thursday made the community aware of the threat that an unspecified action may be taken at William Floyd High School and William Paca Middle School on Friday. The district said officers would be present throughout the day and all schools would be on lockout.

Suffolk police said Friday afternoon that the investigation was ongoing, no arrests have been made and there were no disruptions to school Friday.

School officials on Friday afternoon posted an update on the district website:

"The William Floyd School District works closely with the Suffolk County Police Department during these types of situations. We, along with the police department, take any threat extremely seriously. Please know that schools would be closed if the district or the police believed there to be any imminent danger to students or staff. In the interest of full transparency, we felt it important to provide the community the information that we had and were able to share at the time."

The district also addressed student absences. Friday's attendance was 74 percent districtwide, school officials said, compared to 97 percent during the first day of school earlier this month.

"When school is open, children are expected to attend. It is parental prerogative to keep their children home on any given day, but as a district, we must mark children absent if they are not in school, barring extraordinary circumstances," the district said.

School officials said they were made aware of the threat Thursday, and that they notified police. Suffolk police Thursday night confirmed they are investigating and would dispatch extra patrols.

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