UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Smithtown High School West will be on police lockdown on Friday after threatening graffiti written on a bathroom wall prompted police action on Thursday afternoon.
“A student reported that somebody had written a threatening comment in a girl’s bathroom at High School West. The comment stated they were going to shoot up the school on March 9,” Superintendent Edward Ehmann said.
Ehmann said the district has procedures in place for situations such as this and classes at West would not be cancelled Friday.
West will be under a lockdown Friday with a police presence at the school, Ehmann said. Ehmann also said there would be a search of the school before classes begin and a backpack search as students enter.
Ehmann said no further details are available at this time and there is an ongoing police investigation into the situation.
In an email sent to parents shortly after the incident, Ehmann said parents should "speak with their children to emphasize the importance of reporting any illegal or disruptive behavior."
3:11 p.m.: Suffolk County Police were called to Smithtown High School West Thursday afternoon responding to an alleged threat.
According to police, the call of the alleged threat came in at 2:05 p.m. and police are at the scene investigating. No information of how the threat was made is currently available.
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