Minor identified for threats to three local schools
by Benjamin Fang
Dec 12, 2017 | 2587 views | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police have identified the person responsible for making a threat on Instagram to PS 58, Middle Village Preparatory Charter School, and St. Adalbert Catholic Academy earlier this month.

“The individual responsible was determined to be a minor,” Detective Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct said last Thursday. “There are no credible threats to any local schools at this time.”

The threat was made on December 1, prompting the principals of the schools to send out safety alerts to the school community. During the situation, NYPD provided additional police presence, according to a letter by PS 58 Principal Adelina Valastro-Tripoli.

Department of Education officials also sent additional safety support. A spokesperson said the department fully cooperated with the NYPD and has been advised that they concluded the threat was non-credible.

In a letter posted on St. Adalbert’s website on Sunday, Sister Kathleen assured that the student who made the threat was not attending St. Adalbert’s.

“Let us thank God for the blessings we have received and for His continued protection on all our families,” she wrote.

Some parents at nearby schools were angry that they were not alerted of the emergency. Sabrina Riano, a parent at PS 229 in Woodside, said the three threatened schools are just five minutes away.

She only heard about it from other parents.

“I find that ridiculously insane,” Riano said. “I just find it off they wouldn’t send a notice home.”

According to Riano, PS 229 did not have any increased police presence, which she wanted before the threat was deemed non-credible.

Dmytro Fedkowskyj, co-president of the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24, said the CEC is always concerned about school safety, especially these types of threats.

“We are also satisfied that swift action was taken by the school, district office and NYPD on this particular situation,” he said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate these types of situations occur, but our school communities should know that we have the best that NYPD can offer.”
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