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District: SWR student identified after sending threatening text message

Shoreham-Wading River Central School District officials have confirmed the student who sent an anonymous text message Thursday threatening that “something might occur” at the high school on Friday has been identified, according to an alert posted on the district’s website.

The district has also issued “appropriate consequences” to the student, the alert states.

“We take very seriously any potential threat to the safety of our schools and immediately notified the Suffolk County Police Department,” interim superintendent Neil Lederer said in a statement. “At this point, there is no threat and the situation has been successfully resolved. As always, I want to thank the parents of our students and the Shoreham-Wading River school community for their support and cooperation by ensuring the safety and well-being of our students.”

The district also outlined the procedures it planned to take Friday in response to the threat, including searching lockers and school bags and adding additional security overnight.

“We had a good plan in place to ensure the safety of our students,” Mr. Lederer said Friday. “Fortunately, we didn’t have to implement it because we identified the individual late last night.”

The police did a “terrific job” and immediately followed up on the threat on Thursday, he said.

“We’re just thankful that everyone’s safe,” he said.

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Photo: Shoreham-Wading River High School on Friday morning. (Credit: Nicole Smith)