ISLIP, NY (MorichesDaily) –Suffolk County Police today arrested an Islip teenager after he tweeted a threat to blow up the Kings Park High School gymnasium.
Police said Steven Taggert, 16, was engaged in “one-upsmanship” with other students on the social networking website Twitter the night before a boys basketball game between their schools when he wrote that he had a bomb and was getting ready to blow up the “Kingdome,” as the Kings Park gym is known.
School officials say a rivalry war has broken out on Twitter between students from Kings Park and Islip high schools.
Detectives charged Taggert, arrested after a complaint from Kings Park High School officials, with falsely reporting an incident, a felony.
In a tweet before his arrest Friday afternoon, Taggert apologized, writing “Sorry for what I tweeted yesterday.” In another, he wrote, “I’ve let my school and family down.”
Murphy said his squad has handled similar cases in recent years. “People don’t understand the ramifications of their tweets,” he said. “It’s going out to the world and it causes problems.”
Taggert is expected to appear in court on Saturday morning.