'Credible threat' prompts move of Peekskill HS graduation

'Credible threat' prompts move of Peekskill HS graduation

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PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (AP) -

The graduation ceremony at a suburban New York high school has been moved indoors because of a "credible threat" made by a student, although the student has been arrested, officials said Friday.

Peekskill High's June 23 graduation will be held at the Paramount Theater instead of the traditional location on a school field, Superintendent James Willis said.

School officials received "what was deemed to be a credible threat from a student" in March, said Bob Knight, a spokesman for city government.

The exact nature of the threat was not made public. Willis said in a letter on the district website that it was "aimed at the graduation ceremonies." Knight said it was "made toward multiple other students."

He said police arrested the student and the student was suspended for the remainder of the school year.

"Although there has been no recent threat, school officials and the Police Department are acting in an overabundance of caution and have decided to move graduation ceremonies to the Paramount Theater," Knight said.

The superintendent said, "We all recognize the longstanding history of the outdoor high school location for graduation, but in today's society, we also know that taking precautionary steps to ensure safety is the wise thing."

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