Lawrence student made threatening statement

Police called, sophomore taken to area hospital


A Lawrence High School sophomore was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, according to school district superintendent Dr. Ann Pedersen, after allegedly posting a threat on the social media platform Snapchat.

“There is a seriousness to any statement made and students must understand that,” Pedersen. The district called Nassau County police. The  student's identity was not made public.

The exact wording of the threat was not released, but Pedersen said it was along the lines of “if he didn’t get ‘likes’ from his friends on Snapchat,” …

The superintendent said that the district has a process in place when situations like this occur. “Yes, social media monitoring and in this case families went to the police,” she said. Students are usually suspended, as it is a violation of the district’s code of conduct to threaten any person, she added. “We have entry procedures in place that flag anyone’s ID who isn’t allowed on campus.”

Pedersen stressed that the district’s No. 1 priority was a student safety and that students should “say something if they see something.”