Police: West New York student arrested for making false gun threat

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A 17-year-old student at Memorial High School in West New York was arrested this afternoon for writing an unsubstantiated threat claiming there would be a shooting at the facility tomorrow, police said.Memorial High School

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday around 2:26 p.m., West New York police were notified of graffiti on a heater on Memorial High School that said “MHS Shooting 2/2/17,” according to Police Director Robert Antolos.

An investigation began immediately and carried through to this morning. Last night, authorities decided to put enhanced security into place.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, a 17-year-old high school student was arrested after it was determined that he wrote the threat, which was deemed to be false, officials said.

In a statement, Mayor Felix Roque credited the West New York Police Department for a job well done.

“I credit the excellent police work by the department and teamwork by the board of education, all threats in West New York are taken seriously,” Roque said.

“West New York moved in a rapid fashion to address this threat and determine it was a false threat and made an arrest in a timely fashion. This is a true credit to the police department of West New York.

The teen was charged with creating a false public alarm