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Oct 7, 2018 11:05 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bridgehampton Teen Arrested In Connection With Gun Threat Post About Southampton High School Homecoming Party

Oct 9, 2018 4:20 PM

A Snapchat post of three males in a vehicle posing with what appeared to be an assault-style rifle led to a lockout at Southampton High School during a homecoming after-party on Saturday night, according to Southampton Village Police.

Police said they arrested Kevin S. Chavez of Bridgehampton on Oakview Highway in East Hampton just before midnight. Police also recovered a Sig Sauer air gun at a home off Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton that is thought to be the replica AR-15 the 19-year-old was brandishing in the social media post, which said, “pull up to after homecoming SH.”

Police received a call at about 9:30 p.m. from school security about a potential threat of violence, according to a prepared statement from Southampton High School Principal Dr. Brian Zahn. When police arrived at the school—where about 110 students were attending the after-party—it was placed on lockout, meaning that no one could leave or enter the building until the threat was assessed. More than 20 police personnel, including New York State Police troopers and Southampton Town Police officers, equipped with AR-15 rifles and two K-9 units, assisted the Southampton Village Police in securing a perimeter around the campus and closing off the entire street.

Students were dismissed from the school to their families under the supervision of police and school security without any issues. The building and street were reopened at approximately 10:49 p.m.

Mr. Chavez was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant James Kiernan, Southampton Village Police Department Lieutenant Chris Wetter, and Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison did not return multiple phone calls seeking additional information this week.

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