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Quogue Elementary School Bomb Threat Probed
The Long Island Press received a bomb threat Thursday from an anonymous mailer against Quogue Union Free School District in the Town of Southampton.
The warning, written in black ink on the inside of an empty white envelope with no return sender, stated in shaky handwriting: “I Left my bomb At Quogue School on Edgewood Rd.” A smiley face with two fangs was drawn alongside the message.
The letter has two postmarks, March 25 and March 26. It was mailed from Mid-Island.
Nassau and Suffolk county police were immediately contacted. Nassau police confiscated the letter and two Quogue village police cars were out front of the school on Thursday afternoon.
“With the assistance of two York State Police explosive detecting K-9s, the building was searched with no explosives having been detected,” Quogue Village Police Chief Robert Coughlan said in a news release. “Quogue police, Nassau County police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are investigating the incident.”
Quogue School, which has 120 students, is currently closed for spring recess. The school instructs students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade.
“Fortunately, children and staff are off for Spring Break and there is nobody in the building,” Richard Benson, the school superintendent, told the Press.
Local authorities have been on edge about such threats since Dec. 14, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The massacre is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
News12 Long Island received a suspicious letter containing a bomb threat against Brookhaven Town Hall on Feb. 19. No explosives were discovered following a police investigation.