CLINTON HILL, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn high school was closed Wednesday, a move sparked by an online post that warned of a shooting at the parochial campus, officials said.
Brother Dennis Cronin, president of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, said in a statement on the school’s website that police have “the source of the threat in custody” and that person is not a student at the school.
“When faculty arrived at school early this morning they were informed of a threat. I was called and the administration decided to act cautiously to secure the safety of our students given the nature of the threat,” Cronin wrote.
Police said a message posted to Facebook Tuesday night threatened there would be a shooting at the school and warned students and teachers not to go to the campus at 357 Clermont Ave. in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. The post was taken down almost immediately, police said.
As a precaution, the school canceled classes and an investigation is underway, police said.
Cronin said he’s “confident” classes will resume as usual Thursday.
Read the entirety of Cronin’s message, below:
Dear Parent or Guardian:
As you know, we are a Lasallian Catholic High School. Our tradition speaks of the relationship between our parents and the students in our school as being entrusted to our care by you. We take your parental trust very seriously. When faculty arrived at school early this morning they were informed of a threat. I was called and the administration decided to act cautiously to secure the safety of our students given the nature of the threat.
Immediately, we communicated through the website, and with an email, that school was closed and classes cancelled for the day. Your children, our students, responded maturely and cooperated fully. Your cooperation was also excellent.
The school administration and the 88th Precinct are working together to understand the origin of the threat. We are confident that this will be resolved very soon. I want to thank the NYPD and local precinct for their prompt and professional response.
As I write this message, I have been informed that the police have the source of the threat in custody. The suspect is not a student at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. In addition, the police have a better picture of the situation and it involves the inappropriate use of social media. A threat on social media can have serious and unforeseen consequences as it will in this case.
I am confident that tomorrow will be a regular school day.
It is our intention to have a parent meeting to address social media. We all know that this has become a significant societal issue and deserves our attention. Please know that Bishop Loughlin has been and will continue to be a safe learning environment for your child. We look forward to greeting your son or daughter tomorrow morning.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Bro. Dennis Cronin