Nassau police: Increasing number of threats coming into schools following string of shootings nationwide

Nassau County police say more threats are being reported in schools after recent shootings at a Buffalo grocery store and a Texas school.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2022, 2:30 AM

Updated 698 days ago

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Nassau County police say more threats are being reported in schools after recent shootings at a Buffalo grocery store and a Texas school.
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says some direct threats have been made while others turned out to be false alarms.
"Some of them make direct threats saying, 'I want to shoot up the school,' some say, 'I want to blow up the school,'" Ryder says. "Others sending emojis with pictures of a school, gun, this is what I can do."
The threats of violence mostly are coming from teenagers, but one was from an 8-year-old who claimed he had a bomb.
All of the incidents are being investigated, but so far none have been deemed to be criminal.
"We've identified all of the individuals involved," Ryder says. "Several of them have gone directly to a hospital to get treated."
Police would not identify the specific communities each threat was made in, but urge the public to keep the tips coming.
Ryder says the children are watching what happened in Texas, Buffalo and New York City and want to act out.
He tells News 12 that in most cases, they bring the child and the parents into the school together to discuss what happened.
In many cases, the disciplinary action is given out internally by the school district.


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