Forest Hills High School lockdown lifted; ‘individual responsible’ in custody: police

FOREST HILLS, Queens — Students at Forest Hills High School were temporarily on lockdown Thursday as police investigated what was determined to be a "hoax," authorities said.

NYPD said they received a call about 11 a.m. that "someone scribbled notes on a desk," which sparked an investigation and a "soft lockdown."

A soft lockdown implies, according to the city's Department of Education, "that there is no identified imminent danger to the sweep teams. Administrative teams, Building Response Teams, and School Safety Agents will mobilize at the designated command post for further direction."

Shortly before 1 p.m., the NYPD 112th Precinct tweeted:

"Everything is alright, it's just precautionary, kids and teachers all ok."

About an hour later, the precinct tweeted the lockdown had been terminated.

"Students and faculty are all ok. Individual responsible for today’s hoax is in custody," they said.

The Department of Education released this statement to PIX11 News about the incident:

"The safety of students and staff is our top priority, and this serious threat was immediately reported to the NYPD who conducted a thorough investigation and determined it to be unfounded. The temporary soft lockdown has been lifted and normal dismissal procedures will be followed."