17-year-old arrested for allegedly writing threat at Homer High School

HOMER, N.Y. - Police were called to Homer High School Tuesday morning after school staff members found a threat written inside one the school buildings.

At around 11 a.m., staff members at Homer High School were alerted to a written threat found on a door at the school.

Officers from the Homer Police Department and school staff conducted a search of the school while students and teachers were held in “shelter-in-place” status.

Police and school officials determined that no further threats existed, and students and staff resumed the day with an adjusted schedule, according to Sgt. Roland Eckard with the Homer Police Department.

Later Tuesday evening, Homer police arrested a 17-year-old male who they believe to be responsible for the threat. Police did not confirm the person’s identity or whether the male is a student at the high school.

The male was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, a class D felony.

He was arraigned in Homer Town Court and released. His next court date is pending.

In a statement delivered to parents Tuesday night, Homer Central School District Superintendent Nancy Ruscio said the district “will communicate in these situations as quickly as we can” and release as much information as possible.

“The safety of the children is always our main priority,” Ruscio said.