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Officials: Berner Middle School to close a 2nd day due to social media threat

Berner Middle School students learned remotely on Monday

Berner Middle School students learned remotely on Monday due to an unspecified threat, Massapequa School District officials said. Credit: Tara Conry

A threat made on social media will force the closure of Berner Middle School to in-person learning for a second day Tuesday, officials in the Massapequa School District said in an online message to the school community.

Nassau County Police confirmed they were "actively investigating" the situation, but declined to elaborate further.

The middle school was closed Monday after district officials were first notified of the threat. An alert posted on the district's website said officials had closed the campus "so the threat could be fully assessed and investigated for the safety of our faculty and students."

In a website alert Monday night, district officials said the school would remained closed Tuesday because of the ongoing investigation into the threat. Officials with the district did not specify the nature of the threat or where online it was posted.

"As we continue to work with the [Nassau police] 7th Precinct and the Department of Homeland Security to ascertain the origin and credibility of the social media posts that were shared with the Berner administration last evening and out of an abundance of caution, Berner Middle School will remain on full distance learning on Tuesday, January 26th. As they did today, all students are reminded to log on to their Google Meets, and follow their regular class schedule. Parents are also reminded to complete the Daily Health Screening form for Tuesday, January 26th."

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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