Riverhead Central School District's administrative office on Osborn Avenue. File photo: Denise Civiletti

(Updated) After an internal investigation, Riverhead Town Police determined that an anonymous threat toward schools that had been circulating on social media today was not credible for Riverhead, School Superintendent Dr. Aurelia Henriquez said in a statement emailed to parents and posted on the school district website this morning.

The social media posting was brought to the attention of the district from administration staff around 10 a.m. and the director of security immediately notified town police, Henriquez said. The threat is believed to have originated from out of state, according to the superintendent’s statement.

The post deemed threatening was not specific to Riverhead, Henriquez said in an email.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller could not be reached for comment.

“We take all matters concerning the safety of our students and staff seriously,” Henriquez said.

She also warned about the “viral nature of social media and its associated consequences,” and urged parents to contact the school regarding concerns about any post their child may have posted or seen posted.

“If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of our school administrators,” she said.

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