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Westbury High student charged with making terroristic threat, Nassau police say

Westbury High student charged with making terroristic threat, Nassau police say

Long Island (Writer)-An 18-year-old student at Westbury High School threatened in tweets to shoot up the school, Nassau authorities said Wednesday, announcing his arrest on charges of making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment.

The student, Oketo Orlando Blair Jr. of Westbury, “expressed his desire to conduct a violent act towards students and faculty members,” the county police department said in a news release.

Details of his arrest came hours before police and officials with other Long Island districts announced that threats had been directed at two high schools and a middle school, leading to campus safety precautions Thursday.

At least two of the tweets threatening Westbury High School, sent as replies within minutes of each other Friday evening to posts by the high school's official Twitter account, remained up as of Wednesday evening but were flagged as having violated Twitter's rules.

Blair used his Twitter account, which he had created in January on his iPhone XR, to post the messages, according to charging documents provided by the county district attorney's office.

" 'Ima shoot everyone in that school,' " one of the messages read, the documents state, explaining: " 'Ima' is common slang for I am gonna."

The profile picture on the Twitter account was identified as Blair by his father and by the school principal, David Zimbler, who is the complainant in the case, the document states.

The Old Westbury police got involved after the school administration reported the threats, the release said.

Blair, who was arrested Tuesday afternoon and released from custody Wednesday on several conditions, could not be reached for comment.


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