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Pol blasts city educators for not immediately notifying Bay Academy parents of shooting threat

Under arrest: Police cuffed an 11-year-old for making a social media post threatening a shooting at Bay Academy in Sheepshead Bay.
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A Sheepshead Bay pol blasted city education officials for failing to immediately notify parents after someone threatened to open fire inside an Emmons Avenue school last week.

Cops on March 7 cuffed an 11-year-old girl for threatening to shoot up the hallways of Bay Academy in an Instagram post shared the day before, police said.

“Can’t wait for tomorrow shooting. Bay Academy kids watch out,” read the March 6 post shared from handle @joshk817, whose account has since been removed from the social platform.

And Department of Education officials chose not to close the middle school between E. 14th and 15th streets on the day of the alleged threat after reporting it to authorities, who deemed it unfounded following an investigation, according to an agency rep.

“Safety always comes first, and this unfounded threat was immediately reported to the NYPD and thoroughly investigat­ed,” said Miranda Barbot. “All students and staff are safe.”

But Education Department leaders failed to notify Bay Academy parents of the threat until the morning that the alleged shooting was set to take place — after students already showed up for class, according to Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay).

“It’s totally unacceptable how the process went down,” he said. “It took about eight hours, and they only sent out the notice at 9 am, after schools start at 7:45 am. It’s common sense that you should send it out before school starts the next day.”

The delay sparked confusion among many moms and dads awaiting an official response after their kids saw the menacing post, claimed the pol, who said many of those parents proactively pulled their children from class while Education Department officials got around to addressing the incident.

“I would not feel comfortable having my kids go into school without hearing from DOE,” Deutsch said.

The councilman alerted officers with the Police Department’s Counterterrorism Division and other officials after a constituent told him about the post at 11:30 pm the day it appeared, he said, to ensure the middle school and its students were secure before the first bell rang on the day of the alleged threat.

“We made sure there was a strong police presence outside the school,” he said. “Making sure kids are safe is our number one priority.”

And Bay Academy’s principal ultimately excused the absences of kids who stayed home before officials’ formally addressed the threat.

“Some families choose to keep their children out of school in light of the reported threat. We will be deeming such absences excused for such children,” Maria Timo said in a statement sent to parents after school began on March 7.

Following the incident, Deutsch promised to push for legislation that would establish standard protocols for city educators to follow when responding to future threats, because he claimed no such set guidelines currently exist.

“I put in a bill to have a protocol. DOE should have a better protocol for how they should respond to an emergency situation,” he said. “DOE needs to show ownership, leadership and responsibi­lity.”

Updated 5:46 pm, March 11, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I remember when you could bring a gun to school and no one would freak out about it or anything... Hell, I even kept a few that I found in grade school in the school yard. How times have changed.
March 11, 4:10 pm
Parent says:
I still have not been informed! What happened? Does anybody know anything?
March 12, 8:30 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
To Jim, that's very scary that students were able to bring guns to school when you were a student. That's why my father who attended all public schools in Brooklyn told how much violence there were in the schools. Now it's news, then the violence was so commonplace it wasn't always in the news. Really, in grade school, now thats horrible.
March 12, 8:41 am
Cynthia from Cobble Hill says:
Susan Rosenfeld - so you went to private school and are now looking down on “regular people” like Jim from Cobble Hill because he doesn’t have your privilege?!? Ex-cuse me your highness?!?! I’m sure at your school it was all tea time on silver platters!!!?
March 12, 10:36 am
Concern citizen from Queens says:
Cynthia I think you missed the point of Susan. Its scary to know that kids can carry guns to school. Its scary that before social media this was accepted as normal. I don't care if its private or public school, this is not normal times and school shooting is now becoming normalize. Sandy Hook, VA, FL, CA...etc People thought Blacks were not telling the truth about police brutality until Social media. We need to watch and teach our kids better ways to deal with issues.
March 13, 10 am
Ridiculous says:
Hey Jim, Guess what, you're an IDIOT! I know you don't have any children and I can imagine you are one of those neighborhood characters that everyone runs away from!
March 19, 7:46 am

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