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Vague Threats Yield Increased Police Patrols at Suffolk County Schools

Three Village school officials say they have not received any direct or indirect threats.

While Suffolk County police have said rumors are circulating that schools may experience "disruptive incidents" Thursday and Friday, school officials in Three Village said they have not received any threats.

"The district has not received a direct or indirect threat at this time but will continue to be vigilant in its efforts to protect the safety and security of its students and staff," the administration said in a statement.

Police issued a statement Thursday saying it takes all threats of school violence seriously, and said it has increased patrols near schools with both marked and unmarked police cars.

"The Suffolk County Police Department has not received any credible information that there will be any type of disruptive incident at our schools," the department said. "However, we are continually monitoring this situation. The safety of the public, and especially the safety of our children, continues to be the main mission of the Suffolk County Police Department."

The rumors of disruptive incidents come about a week after the death of 26 people, including 20 children, in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Following that tragedy, school officials in Three Village said they are confident in their emergency management and security protocols.

Families in at least one other Long Island school district, the William Floyd School District, received automated telephone messages on Thursday about the threats. "Despite the vague nature of these threats, this security issue is not being taken lightly as the safety of students and staff are our top priority," that school district said in a statement.

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