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Threat To Northern Westchester School Came From Out Of State, Police Say

The Harvey School in Katonah.
The Harvey School in Katonah. Photo Credit: File photo

Police identified the origin Monday of a Twitter threat the led to the closure of The Harvey School in Katonah on Friday.

"The investigation revealed the threat originated from an out-of-state source although a suspect has not been identified at this time," Bedford Police Lt. Vincent Gruppuso said.

In addition, due to jurisdictional boundaries, the Bedford Police Department contacted the FBI’s joint terrorism task force for assistance.

"At this time there does not appear to be any credible threat to the school, students or staff," he said.

Although the threat was deemed not credible, classes had a delayed opening, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, officials said.

The threat was first noticed around 6:30 a.m. Friday by a school administrator, police said. School officials immediately contacted police who responded to the campus at 260 Jay St., Gruppuso said.

Students who live on campus were told to stay in their dorm rooms while Bedford police, along with Westchester County police dogs cleared the campus with no threats detected, police said.

Because of the seriousness of the threat, the department called in assistance from the Westchester County Intelligence Center, as well as the Westchester County Police Real Time Crime Center, and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Gruppuso said.

"Given all that is happening and what seems to be an increase in threats in other schools across the country, we are proceeding with the utmost caution with heightened public and private security to assure that students and families feel as safe as possible as we transition back into our academic routines," said school officials.

The Bedford Police Department, along with partner agencies, is continuing to vigorously investigate this incident, Gruppuso said.

Anyone with information regarding the post is asked to call Bedford Police at 914-241-3111.

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