Last week, Robert Kennedy School on the Upper East Side went on lockdown after a 12-year- old made threats in a group chat. A parent of one of the members of the group chat found the conversation where the 12-year-old girl threatened to “shoot up the teacher and the school.” It also included a photo of a gun. The student was not charged, but sent for evaluation at a nearby hospital.

That same day, an Instagram post began circulating on social media threatening a Brooklyn school. “I’m going to shoot up my school millennium Brooklyn High New York with an MP 15 assault rifle and Glock 17 pistol with hundreds of rounds of ammunition in a few weeks,” the post read—along with a list of names to be targeted. According to Newsbreak, the NYPD were investigating the threats. 

In response to the threat, the Department of Education released a statement saying, “We take any threat against our schools very seriously and we are working closely with the NYPD as they investigate and keep our schools safe. This is a scanning campus, and every student will be scanned on Monday.” 

A Queens student was actually arrested following threats written on a desk at Forest Hills High School. “I am going to shoot the school, like in Texas; be ready,” the message read. Though the student claimed it was just a joke, the student has been charged with making a terroristic threat, criminal mischief, making graffiti, and aggravated harassment.

Nicole Perrino is the founder of, a hyperlocal website for Bronx families where she use her influence to celebrate the beauty that the Bronx has to offer. In addition to her role at Bronxmama,...

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