Teen arrested for terror threat at EF Academy

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A 17-year-old student has been charged with making a felony terroristic threat at EF Academy in Thornwood, according to Mt. Pleasant police.

The threat of a shooting via cellphone caused a lockdown in the Mount Pleasant, Pleasantville and Valhalla school districts on Tuesday. The message was sent to students' iPhones through Airdrop and said that a shooting would happen in 10 minutes on the Thornwood campus.

Police say that they were able to trace the message back to the 17-year-old student.

"It's very scary," said Karina Hernandez, of Thornwood. "It's very unfortunate that it had to happen here or anywhere....it's a school, it's a place where you're supposed to be safe."

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Because of his age, the suspect's name is not being released and the case has been referred to the Youth Part of the Westchester Family Court.

He was released on his own recognizance to the custody of the EF Academy. Police will not say where he was from, but is a resident at the Thornwood Campus.

Police are charging the suspect as an adolescent offender based on the Raise the Age statute.

EF Academy is an international boarding school with students from all over the world.

Police say no charges are pending against anyone else.

EF Academy says it is working with authorities in the investigation. It also says that the campus is safe and school activities are back to normal.


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