Suspect In Custody After Facebook Threat at Sweet Home Middle School

February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) Amherst Police report Monday night that they have a suspect in custody after an incident at Sweet Home High School in Amherst.

An alleged hacker got into the Facebook page for the school, and made a reference to a student bringing a weapon to class and using it on others.

The situation involved a middle school full of children, a computer hacker, and the threat of a student bringing a weapon to school. It was a combination that put police on high alert on the grounds of the Sweet Home middle school.

School officials said Sunday night, someone hacked the school's Facebook page, posting a threat of violence on school grounds.

In a statement on the District's website, Sweet Home School Superintendent Anthony J. Day said, "The post made reference to a student bringing a weapon to school and using it on others. Word of the post quickly spread and has created considerable fear and anxiety amongst our school community."

Captain Michael Camilleri of the Amherst Police Department spoke to Eyewitness News Monday.

"Yesterday we were in contact with school officials, we developed a plan, and this morning we had several officers at the high school and the middle school to assist school officials in making the school safe," Camilleri said.

Students' jackets and backpacks were searched on their way into school Monday morning, and police have had an increased presence on school grounds all day. A District spokesperson says no weapons were found, and the school is operating as normal.

"We handle all threats like this as very serious until we have reason to believe they are not credible, so we've handled it seriously. We've devoted some resources to the school district as far as heavy presence on property," Captain Camilleri said.

Authorities say they will prosecute whoever posted it to the fullest extent of the law.

"If we are able to make an identification of who made this post, there will be charges," Captain Camilleri said.