HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday, both Frontier High School and Big Tree Elementary were placed on lockdown for hours after a school principal received a threatening email from a student, Town of Hamburg police say.
Students were not allowed to get to their lockers before leaving school and afterschool activities were cancelled for the high school.
Parents in the school district received a voicemail saying, “This is in response to an email that was sent to the principal by a student in the building. We do believe that this is not a credible threat. However, we are following all steps in our safety plan.”
Police are still investigating, but they say a 16-year-old Frontier student will be charged as an adolescent offender under New York’s Raise the Age law.
Because of this law, the student’s name will not be released.
While looking into the veiled threat, police say a school principal received emails from different student accounts, but it turns out that those students had nothing to do with the emails.
Because of the potential of hacking, student accounts had to be reset.
Eventually, authorities found a common IP address, leading them to the suspect’s home.
The student suspected of sending the threat faces felony and misdemeanor charges, including seven counts of aggravated harassment, six counts of computer trespassing with intent to commit a felony and one count of making a terroristic threat.
The student is scheduled to appear in Family Court Tuesday afternoon.