Krista McNallyFeb 27, 2018, 6:52 pmFeb 28, 2018, 2:52 pm

Teen arrested for alleged terroristic threat against school was ‘just kidding’

Friends of the Valley Stream student say Andrew Davies joked about shooting up the school

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VALLEY STREAM — A student on Long Island has been arrested for making a threat towards his high school. Andrew Davies, 18, was arrested for threatening violence to Valley Stream North High School and the students just two days after the Parkland shooting, according to police.

Students say he was talking about shooting up the school during a fire drill and was creating memes on social media echoing those threats. The incident during the fire drill was recorded by a witness and posted on social media.

"Andrew is just kidding; it’s a joke with our friends' group and he means no harm," said Valley Stream North High School student Tara Tytone.

While some students say Davies was kidding, parents believe threats about school shootings are no joking matter.

"A joke or not, you can't decipher either or. Thank God they took it the way,” parent Siobhan Ruperto said. “I think it was very responsible of the school, and I appreciate it.”

A letter was sent to parents by the superintendent following Davies arrest saying in part: "I want to reassure our school community that the safety of those in our schools is a top priority in Valley Stream.”

Davies is being charged with making a terroristic threat and has been arraigned at the First District Court in Hempstead.

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