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(Updated- 5:45 p.m.) A 16-year-old boy was arrested on a charge of falsely reporting an incident in connection with a threat made against Riverhead High School today, Riverhead Police said in a press release this evening.

“A threatening call was made to 911 at about 9:30 this morning,” Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said in an interview this afternoon.  Hegermiller said police had two male teens in custody.

“It was a threat made against a race, not against any specific individuals,” he said.

The caller was threatening violence against people of a certain race, the chief said. He declined to provide additional details about the nature of the threat or who was threatened.

“We believed the call originated in the school, so we called the district ad they went into lockout, as they should,” Hegermiller said.

The chief said no weapons had been recovered in the course of the investigation, which remains ongoing. 

“I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish,” Hegermiller said.

No students were injured or in any immediate danger as a result of the threat, police said. Police and school security took the threat seriously. School administrators imposed a districtwide lockout, which remained in place for nearly two hours.


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Denise Civiletti
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