Optimum Customers: Your Newsday access has been extended until Oct 1st. Enroll now to continue your access.

LEARN MORE
TODAY'S PAPER
65° Good Afternoon
65° Good Afternoon
Long IslandSuffolk

District: Student removed from school after social media post

Superintendent says action against Ward Melville High student was taken because the post raised concerns. Police say there is no threat to the school.

A student at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket was removed from the school Wednesday after a social media posting by the student raised concerns, officials said.

The incident was reported to Suffolk County police, which determined there was no threat to the school, a police spokeswoman said.

Sixth Precinct Crime Section officers investigated “a perceived threat” that was reported by a student’s parent who notified police “regarding a post observed in an online chat room,” police said.

The incident came as students across Long Island were ready to walk out of their classrooms Wednesday morning or participate in other symbolic demonstrations as part of a nationwide demonstration.

The walkout came one month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead.

Ward Melville school officials did not discuss the content of the social media posting, nor identify the student.

“Please know that the district takes these matters very seriously and will investigate any suspicious act to the fullest extent possible,” Cheryl Pedisich, superintendent of the Three Village Central School District, said in a statement.

Latest Long Island News

Important message for Optimum customers

Your Newsday digital access is changing as of 10/1

You recently received an email from Optimum’s parent company, Altice USA, informing you that Altice will no longer offer free Newsday digital access with Optimum's online service. Through an exclusive trial offer for Optimum customers, Newsday is pleased to extend your digital access at no cost until the end of the year.

I understand, no thanks