St. Francis Prep bomb threat deemed hoax

St. Francis Prep evacuated students after receiving a bomb threat but were allowed to go back to class after an hour.
Photo by Michael Shain
By Madina Toure

Classes at St. Francis Preparatory HS in Fresh Meadows resumed Tuesday after the school received a bomb threat.

Carolann Foley, president of the 107th Precinct Community Council, said St. Francis Prep at 61-00 Francis Lewis Blvd. received a phone call about a bomb threat. The students were evacuated but returned to class after about an hour.

The NYPD conducted a fire drill to keep order, but there appeared to be no threat, according to Foley.

The investigation was ongoing, she said.

“They checked the building, nothing suspicious, nothing and the kids are re-entering as we speak,” she said.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the NYPD had evaluated a threat against the city’s schools as not credible and classes would continue as usual.

Schools in Los Angeles were closed after a similar threat was received in the Southern California city and in school districts around the country.

Bratton said New York City received an email which contained a “specific but non-credible threat” against the school system.

“We have an investigation underway, but it is an investigation into a hoax,” he said at a news conference.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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