A RIverhead Police Department vehicle outside the high school in 2014. File photo: Peter Blasl

A Riverhead High School student was arrested in a menacing charge after an incident at the high school Friday.

The male student was involved in a dispute with a female student, Riverhead Town Police Chief David Hegermiller said this morning. Police took the boy into custody and charged him with misdemeanor menacing.

School Superintendent Augustine Tornatore sent a letter to parents about police presence at the high school Friday in response to what he said was an incident involving several high school students.

Riverhead High School administration “immediately contacted the Riverhead Police Department” and “school security quickly contained the situation before any physical altercation could take place,” Tornatore said in the letter, which was posted on the district website.

“Threats of violence in any manner will not be tolerated,” Tornatore wrote. The district is fully cooperating with police in the investigation of this incident, he said.

“The Riverhead Central School District and its educators will continue to condemn any threatening behavior, whether it is silent, online, verbal or physical,” the superintendent wrote.

Neither police nor the district provided any additional information about the incident.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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