Students Sent Home Early After Another Threat In Half Hollow Hills

By Arielle Dollinger

adollinger@longislandergroup.com

 

Pictured: Half Hollow Hills High School East.

Pictured: Half Hollow Hills High School East.

Half Hollow Hills High School East was once again the target of a “potential threat of violence,” police confirmed on Wednesday.

A Dec. 3 threat that resulted in early dismissal of all students comes nearly one month after the district and police received a separate set of emailed bomb threats from an anonymous sender.

Suffolk County Second Precinct police officers responded to the high school early Wednesday morning to investigate “a potential threat of violence” and found “nothing suspicious, police said. Student backpacks were checked when they arrived at school and police cars were stationed outside.

According to a district email sent to parents at 7:16 a.m., the threat was sent directly to the Suffolk County Police Department, who then alerted the district.

“At this time, the school district has not been advised of the specifics of the statement,” the district email reads.

A second email, sent at 8:53 a.m., informed parents that the school would dismiss students at 9:30 a.m., “due to the threatening statement made towards High School East.”

“All other buildings will remain open and follow a normal schedule,” the email reads. “We will continue to work with the Suffolk County Police Department as they continue their investigation and we will communicate any new or additional information to you as quickly as we receive it.”

Calls to the high school went unanswered around noon on Wednesday.

Police have not yet made an arrest in a Nov. 6 case, which involved bomb threats to the high school. Emailed threats provoked bag checks, heightened security and an extension of the first quarter marking period, a November email told district parents.