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YORKTOWN — A threat phoned in by a former student shut down Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES’ Fox Meadow campus for over an hour, police said.
Yorktown police charged Christopher Gabriele, 19, of 14 Still Hollow Road in Newburgh with making a terrorist threat, a felony. The threat was received around 9 a.m. Friday by a secretary at BOCES’ Regional Alternative High School.
“He made threats about coming to the school and shooting the principal, and the school was put in lockout,” Lt. Kevin Soravilla said. “We traced the call back to his residence where Newburgh police were notified and responded and held him until we arrived.”
The lockdown was lifted around 10:15 a.m., after the arrest was made.
Lockdown means no one was permitted to leave classrooms and access to the campus was restricted. It wasn’t clear why the principal might have been threatened.
“The student attended the alternative high school, I understand, really only for a matter of weeks last school year and the beginning of this school year,” BOCES spokeswoman Ellen Lane said.
At that point, she said, the school was no longer able to meet his needs.
The lockdown was a precaution, Lane said, even though Gabriele was nowhere near the campus.
Besides the Regional Alternative High School, the Fox Meadow campus is home to the Learning Center High School for students with disabilities, a diploma program and the Bridges program for high-functioning students with anxiety disorders and others requiring specialized instruction.
It is about three miles from the main BOCES campus off Pines Bridge Road.