Teen arrested after school threat

SELDEN, NY The student, Tiffany Spatafora, 16, spent the first day of her senior year in police custody and court instead. She was released without bail after pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of aggravated harassment and falsely reporting an incident. She was charged as an adult.

Suffolk County police say the Newfield High School student's Facebook page said she was "going to kill everyone in school, so don't go," but investigators found no evidence she had the means to carry out the threat. Detective Sgt. Frank Stewart called it "a statement of frustration."

The honors student told police "she did it because she didn't want to go to school and have the summer end," said her lawyer, Patrick O'Connell. "I think that says it all."

She was arrested at her Selden home early Wednesday after a Connecticut resident contacted police about the Facebook page.

The school stepped up security Wednesday, but classes went on as scheduled. The school's principal sent a letter to parents saying the school is safe and secure and encouraging them to monitor students' computer usage.

Spatafora is expected to face a disciplinary review.

"This is not funny," school district Superintendent Roberta Gerold told Newsday. "It's scary, and of course there will be consequences."

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