Police: Teen arrested for making terroristic threats to Westbury High School

Police say another Long Island teen has been arrested for making terroristic threats in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.

News 12 Staff

Jun 1, 2022, 8:47 AM

Updated 682 days ago

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Police say another Long Island teen has been arrested for making terroristic threats in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting.
Police say Oketa Orlando Blair, 18, made a threat on social media against Westbury High School over the weekend. Officials say Blair threatened to shoot up the school on Twitter.
The school immediately notified police, and Blair was arrested at his home on Tuesday.
Blair was arraigned Wednesday on charges of making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment.
An Extreme Risk Protection Order was granted by a judge, which prevents the teen from purchasing any firearms.
The judge released him on no bail.
Police did a search of Blair's home and no weapons were found.
Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly says Blair had a history of being involved in school fights and was recently suspended. The student has only showed up to school for five days since April 27.
She says she is disappointed in the court's decision not to hold him on bail.
"He's obviously troubled, I understand that he does not come from a stable home and he's kind of been shuffling around," Donnelly says.
Westbury school district officials also sent an email to parents notifying them about the threats.
"I am scared, I'd rather them stay home because I don't want anything to happen to them," says Wendy Contreras, a parent in the district. "They even say, 'We don't want to go to school.'"
Kay Wallace, who used to work in the district, says the school needs better mental health services for students.
The judge did order a psychiatric evaluation for Blair and says he must wear an electronic monitoring device.
He will be back in court on Friday.
Oketa Orlando Blair; Photo credit: Police


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