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Officials identify person behind social media threats towards Sweet Home High School

Sweet Home Superintendent Tony Day said 'a student in question has been taken into custody by the Amherst Police.'

AMHERST, N.Y. — Students at Sweet Home High School saw extra police and security on-hand Friday after a potential threatening social media post was found online.

The alert was put out late Thursday night by Sweet Home Superintendent Tony Day, but the threat was found non-credible by Amherst Police early Friday morning.

On Friday evening on the district's website, Day said "a student in question has been taken into custody by the Amherst Police."

Day said in that statement:

Working in conjunction with the Amherst Police, the High School administration has been able to identify an individual responsible for sending the threatening social media messages last night and this morning. The individual has admitted that he was the person responsible for the messages.

The student in question has been taken into custody by the Amherst Police. The student faces suspension and a Superintendent’s Hearing. We will also seek to hold the individual in question criminally accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

I would like to publicly thank the High School administration, the Amherst Police and all the students and staff who assisted in providing the information that allowed us to resolve this issue. When more information becomes available, we will be back with an update.

Tony Day, Superintendent of Schools

In early November, Amherst Police investigated a threatening photo, which was sent to several students at Sweet Home High School.a threat was made on the high school.

That threat, an image, had been shared in a group chat on Snapchat to about 30 students, according to Day.

In that instance, Amherst Police determined there was no threat, though police did eventually identify the individual in the image, along with the person responsible for adding the caption to the photo.

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