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Chief: Police investigating student’s social media ‘rant’ containing ‘veiled threats’ against Riverhead High School

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A Riverhead High School student’s “rant” on social media this weekend led to a police investigation and a call to parents Saturday afternoon by Riverhead High School principal Dr. Charles Regan.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said a student posted a “rant” on social media that contained what he characterized as “veiled threats” against the school.

“It was nothing specific,” Hegermiller said in a phone interview this morning.

“The student will not be allowed back in school” because of the incident, Hegermiller said.

Riverhead Police are still investigating, the chief said. There will be extra police presence around the school as a result of the potential threat, he said.

In a recorded message sent to high school parents Saturday night, Regan said school officials had been made aware of “a potential threat… against the high school… made on social media.” School officials “immediately alerted local police,” Regan said.

“Riverhead Police and school administrators are taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of Riverhead High School students,” Regan said in the recorded call, which went out to high school families at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Denise Civiletti
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