Forest Hills High School lockdown ends several hours after shooting threat ‘hoax’; one in custody

A police van outside Forest Hills High School on March 15.
Photo: Ryan Kelley/QNS

A Queens teenager faces charges of making terroristic threats for causing the “hoax” that led to last week’s lockdown at Forest Hills High School.

Ishrak Hossain, 16, was ordered held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail following his March 16 arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, according to records. He is due for another hearing on March 28.

Students and teachers at Forest Hills High School found themselves in a “precautionary” lockdown for several hours on Thursday after a reported shooting threat, police reported.

Police received a call about the threat at about 11 a.m. on March 15. According to law enforcement sources, a student found a note scribbled on a desk indicating that another student had a gun.

Officers from the 112th Precinct and other NYPD units responded to the school located at 67-01 110th St.

“Soft lockdown at Forest Hills High School. Everything is alright, it’s just precautionary, kids and teachers all ok,” tweeted Deputy Inspector Robert Ramos, commander of the 112th Precinct.

Ramos later tweeted that the “individual responsible for today’s hoax is in custody.”

As the lockdown went on, parents and loved ones of Forest Hills students — and even some of the pupils themselves — took to social media to share their concerns.

I'm in the middle of a soft shelter-in now it's turned to an actual lockdown I'm not kidding!!!

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Police sources said the lockdown ended just before 1 p.m., and students were released from where they were being held. There was no immediate word on whether anyone was taken into custody, but police said the investigation is ongoing.

 “The safety of students and staff is our top priority, and this serious threat was immediately reported to the NYPD who conducted a thorough investigation and determined it to be unfounded,” a Department of Education spokesperson told QNS in a statement received at 2:27 p.m. “The temporary soft lockdown has been lifted and normal dismissal procedures will be followed.”

The lockdown occurred a day after thousands of students in Queens and across the country held a walkout in protest of gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

This is a developing story; check back later for further details.

This story was updated on March 20 at 4:30 p.m.

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