By Danielle Agoglia
At 8:36 a.m. on Tuesday the Glen Cove Police responded to a call regarding a bomb threat note at Deasy Elementary School at 2 Dosoris Lane.
The note was discovered inside one of the rooms between Deasy and the attached Finley Middle School by a Deasy teacher. The note stated that a bomb was going to be brought into the school.
According to Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna, administration and police were immediately notified and both schools were immediately evacuated.
A police investigation determined that there was no validity to the message.
Parents were also notified by a robocall that it was a non-credible threat, according to Danielle Fugazy Scagliola, a parent of students in both Deasy and Finley.
“Honestly it immediately put you at ease because she’s already telling you off the bat they don’t expect it to be anything,” said Fugazy Scagliola, referring to the robocall from Rianna. “Of course, understandably they had to evacuate . . . but they didn’t make it any more dramatic than it had to be.”
According to Rianna, police deemed the note to be a hoax written the night before by a 9-year-old child, who is not enrolled in the district but was attending a non-district event.
“The safety of all our students and staff is always our top priority,” said Rianna. “Thank you to the parents, police, staff and students for their cooperation during this time.”
Glen Cove Lt. Det. John Nagle said the child’s family cooperated fully with the investigation and the case is closed.
He noted that students were able to return to class by about 10:15 a.m.
Although not a credible threat, this is the second time both schools were evacuated since May when a bomb threat note was found in the middle school. “The fact that we have two [threats] in one year, I think it’s an anomaly,” said Nagle. “I can’t think back to too many more of these that we have had.”