Police: LI Teen Tweeted Threat to Rival School

Friday, Jan 25, 2013  |  Updated 9:58 PM EDT
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Police: LI Teen Tweeted Threat to Rival School

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Police say a Long Island teenager's Twitter threat to blow up a rival high school's gym has spurred his arrest and prompted school officials to bar all students from the two schools' basketball game.

Steven Taggert was arrested Friday on a false-reporting charge. Police say he wasn't actually poised to attack Kings Park High School. A man who answered the phone at Taggert's Islip home declined to comment and hung up.

Suffolk County police say Islip and Kings Park students were trash-tweeting ahead of Friday's matchup.

Police say the 16-year-old Taggert tweeted that he'd gotten a bomb to blow up the Kings Park gym.

Sgt. James Murphy says Kings Park ultimately decided not to let any students into the game.

Principal Lino Bracco didn't immediately answer an email message.

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