Identification of the threat that caused the closure of the Orange County School District


Police have identified the minor who emailed a serious threat to a Hudson Valley elementary school, prompting the district to close schools.

The threat was received in Orange County in the village of Montgomery on Monday, June 6.

According to Montgomery Village Police Chief William Herlihy, the threat was made against Montgomery Elementary School, causing the school board to close all schools in the area while the department and the FBI investigate its origin. .

“The origin of the email has been identified and was made by a minor,” the chief said.

Due to an ongoing investigation, the chief declined to say what was in the email.

All schools have reopened, but with an “enhanced” police presence, the chief added.

It’s possible the minor could face charges once the investigation is complete, but the chief, who is working with the county attorney’s office on the case, declined to confirm an upcoming arrest at this time.

Possible charges include creating a terrorist threat.

“Students need to understand that this is not the right thing to do,” Herlihy said. “It scares other students, families and parents.”

The department requests with information regarding the incident to call the department at 845-457-3666.

The FBI, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Woodbury, as well as the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, assisted in the investigation.

This remains a developing story. Check back to the Daily Voice for updates.

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