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No online threat made by student to Connetquot High School, cops say

Suffolk police said Monday they have determined there was no threat made on social media against Connetquot High School by a student, despite rumors to the contrary.

The Fifth Precinct crime section investigated based on "rumors posted on social media" and has concluded "no crime was committed," according to a police statement.

In a Monday letter to parents, students and staff, Connetquot High School principal Kenneth J. Costa Jr. said that, as a precaution, "Our school embraced a number of enhanced security protocols," including searching student bags.

"I am happy to report that there were no items found during this process that would be a cause for concern. Additionally, members of law enforcement were on campus, and remain on campus, to provide an additional layer of safety and security," the letter said.

Later Monday, Costa said in a letter that "those responsible for the post have been identified, the rumor has been discredited and disciplinary action has been taken with those involved."

In an earlier letter, he said the online post has been made by "an anonymous sender regarding rumors surrounding potential violence" at the school, but cautioned that "the rumors have not been substantiated."

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