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Suspect identified in Internet school threat

GREENBURGH, New York (CNN) -- A suspect was identified Saturday in an Internet threat that led authorities to close three schools a day earlier in the Edgemont School District in suburban New York.

At about 2 a.m. Friday, a high school student received a threat in an America Online chat room warning him not to attend school Friday because "there would be bodies all over the place," said Sgt. John Murphy of the Greenburgh Police Department.

The student reported the threat to police and to Edgemont School Superintendent Nancy Taddiken, who closed the schools Friday and canceled all planned after-school activities through the weekend.

The Westchester County District Attorney's office, FBI and Greenburgh police determined within a day the threat had come from a private residence in Oregon, Murphy said.

At 10:30 p.m. Friday (1:30 a.m. ET Saturday), the FBI arrived at the house, where they waited three hours until the suspect arrived.

The suspect is a recent high school graduate who just turned 18 and is still living with his parents, Murphy said. The suspect "confessed, indicated it was a hoax and that he was only fooling," he said.

The suspect was not identified by name. No charges were immediately filed. He and his parents are cooperating with the investigation, Murphy said.

During the next few days, the FBI will examine the suspect's computer to determine whether he is responsible for additional incidents, Murphy said.

Once the investigation is completed, authorities will decide whether to file charges.

The 1,675 students enrolled in Edgemont Junior-Senior High School and two elementary schools -- Greenville School and Seely Place School -- returned to their normal activities Saturday. An 8 p.m. performance of the musical "Anything Goes" that had been canceled was reinstated.

AOL spokesman Nicholas J. Graham said the company cooperated with the Greenburgh Police and the Westchester County District Attorney's office in the investigation.



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