9-Year-Old New York Boy Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Elementary School

A 9-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly making threatening phone calls to a Wallkill elementary school on the day classes resumed from winter break, authorities said.

The boy allegedly called the Maple Hill Elementary school in Wallkill on Monday at about 7:30 a.m. and left a message on the answering machine, claiming he’d harm students as the returned to school, authorities said.

The school district alerted police, but decided not to place the school on lockdown, authorities said.

“The police conducted a thorough investigation of the incident, made a threat assessment and determined there was no need for a lockdown of the school, or any further action for the District to take to ensure the safety of students and staff,” the school said in a statement.

The 9-year-old was taken into custody Monday and charged with making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment.

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