Investigation underway into ‘verbal threat’ from Riverhead Middle School student

A Riverhead Middle School student issued a ‘verbal threat’ to the school and its students, prompting the Riverhead Police Department to launch an investigation into the incident, according to a letter sent to the school community around 3:30 p.m. today .

The student was removed from a classroom and escorted by building security and administrative personnel to the principal’s office and remained under supervision after the unspecified incident, the letter from Superintendent Augustine Tornatore said.

Riverhead police were notified immediately and arrived at the school shortly after the call, the letter said. The matter has been referred to police and the district has no further updates on the investigation.

“The Riverhead School District takes any threat very seriously. There is no tolerance for such behavior or actions,” the letter reads. “We would like to sincerely thank Principal Dr. Hudson and Deputy Principal Campbell for their prompt and professional handling of this incident.”

“A police presence at our Riverhead Middle School will remain for the remainder of the week to reassure our school community,” the letter reads. “During these difficult times, we would like to remind our school community to report any suspicious behavior, verbal or written, to a school administrator.”

This college threat comes after two high school students were arrested and charged last week for uttering threats of violence against the school. Weapons searches were conducted at the home of the two students after the threats were made and police found no weapons, police said.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more updates.

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