Long Island Teen Denies Making Bomb Threat

Lawyer says teen is an "excellent" student who was never in trouble

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011  |  Updated 3:10 PM EDT
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Long Island Teen Denies Making Bomb Threat

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A New York teenager is denying charges she reported a bomb threat at her Long Island high school.

A lawyer for 16-year-old Dominique Best of Lindenhurst said his client is an excellent student who had never been in trouble with law enforcement. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday on a charge of falsely reporting an incident. Bail was set at $5,000.

Her lawyer, Carmelo Garufi said the case is being blown out of proportion.

Suffolk County police say the 11th grader left a threatening message last week, suggesting a bomb would go off at Lindenhurst High School at 7:46 a.m. on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the threat was left on a school calculator with text capability that was found in a geometry laboratory

Best was arrested on Monday.

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