‘Potential threat’ causes Patchogue-Medford High School to close


Patchogue-Medford High School closed today and its students shifted to remote, online learning due to a threat made against the school, the school district confirmed in an email to parents.

Patchogue-Medford Superintendent Donna Jones said in the email that on Sunday “the district received a message concerning a potential threat made against our high school.”

Jones noted that the district immediately contacted Suffolk Police and that the threat had not been substantiated.

Superintendent Donna Jones (Source: Facebook)

However, “out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with law enforcement, we decided to close the high school campus tomorrow,” Jones said in her note that was sent Sunday evening.

Suffolk Police confirmed that the department is investigating the threat, but did not issue any further information.

None of the other schools in the district were mentioned, Jones said. Those schools remained open today.

Today’s shut down at the high school comes about three months after the district reported that 19 bullets were found in a vestibule at the entrance to the building on a Friday morning of a school day. Parents were upset that they were not notified about the bullets until Sunday afternoon.

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