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Police: Teen arrested after Johnson City school threat

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3:30 P.M. UPDATE:

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The Johnson City Police Department says it received information around 10:40 p.m. Monday that a threat to cause a shooting at the Johnson City High School was written on a social media platform.

According to Johnson City police, officers investigated the incident throughout the night and developed leads on possible suspects. 

As a result, a 15-year-old boy from Binghamton was found to be responsible for the threat. Police say the teen was interviewed by detectives early Tuesday.

"The investigation concluded that the juvenile made the threat, however the juvenile did not have the means or intent to actually cause there to be a shooting," police said in a news release. "The threat was false and Johnson City School students were never in any danger." 

According to police, the boy is not a Johnson City student and had no known connection to Johnson City schools. Officials say the teen is not a student in the Binghamton City School District either.

He was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, and then released to a parent pending further action by Broome County Family Court, according to police.

"It should also be noted that following the original threat on social media, an additional post was made by another person that led others to believe that a particular Johnson City student would be responsible," police stated in the news release. "Johnson City Police investigated that lead, but that information was unsubstantiated and that individual, being left unnamed in this release, is not suspected of being involved in this matter."

Police say threats of this nature cause alarm and fear to many people in our community, especially following the recent events in Parkland, Florida. 

According to the Johnson City Police Department, "threats cannot be taken lightly and must be investigated and treated as if the threat was real. The Johnson City Police Department was in constant contact with Johnson City School District officials throughout the investigation. Plans were put into place to ensure the safety of all students. Despite the suspect being in custody and the threat being ruled out prior to school opening, the Johnson City Police Department provided a presence in JC Schools today out of abundance of caution and to help ensure students that they would be safe in school." 

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11:50 A.M. UPDATE:

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge tells 12 News the person who made the threat on social media is a 15-year-old boy from Binghamton. 

According to Chief Dodge, the boy has been arrested and taken into police custody.

Chief Dodge said that the teen is not a student in the Johnson City School District. Officials said the teen is not a student in the Binghamton City School District either.

Chief Dodge also told 12 News the suspect threatened there would be a shooting at the school. According to police the threat was not credible and the suspect did not have access to firearms. 

Johnson City Central School District Superintendent Mary Kay Roland released the following statement early Tuesday:

Dear Johnson City families,

During the night, we were contacted by the Johnson City Police Department of a possible threat to Johnson City High School made via social media. The police have been in contact with administrators throughout the night as they thoroughly investigated the credibility of the threat. It has been determined that there is no threat to students or staff. It has also been determined that the threat did not involve a Johnson City student.

Today there will be a police presence in the building and throughout the campus. Safety in our schools is a top priority for our students, staff and families.

We will have school today.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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7 A.M. UPDATE:

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- The Johnson City Police Department released a statement Tuesday morning saying, "JCPD Detectives are interviewing the source of the threat to JC Schools at this time. There is no existing threat or safety concerns at the JC schools. The act was malicious in nature. The investigation is continuing and arrest(s) are possible."

The Johnson City Central School District also released a statement saying, "It has been determined that there is no threat to students or staff. It has also been determined that the threat did not involve a Johnson City student."

To view the full statement, click here. 

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6 A.M. UPDATE:

The Johnson City Police Department says Johnson City High School will be open Tuesday amid an ongoing threat investigation.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- After a non-credible threat to Binghamton High School for Tuesday, Johnson City Police are now investigating a possible threat to Johnson City High School.

12 News spoke with the Johnson City Police Department around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Officials there said they are continuing to look into the situation and are in talks with the Johnson City Central School District.

According to the district's website, Tuesday was scheduled as a half day for students due to a teacher professional development day. 

The middle school is scheduled to dismiss at 11:10 a.m., the high school at 11:20 a.m. and the primary/intermediate school is scheduled to let students out at noon.

The district will be making a decision on whether or not to stay open for Tuesday. Stay with 12 News all morning for that decision and the latest on this developing situation.

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