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Teen calls in bomb threat to NYC Catholic school because girlfriend posted his nudes online

St. Francis Prep School in Queens, New York City
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June 23, 2022 8:08am

Updated: June 23, 2022 11:03am

A New York City Catholic school was evacuated on Tuesday morning after a bomb threat by a jilted teenage boy.

St. Francis Prep School, a 2,500 student Catholic college prep high school in Queens, received a call from the teenager claiming he had planted a pipe bomb somewhere on campus, police told the New York Daily News.

He added that the bomb would go off at 1 p.m.

When asked why, the boy said he was upset that his girlfriend has posted nude photos of him on the internet, said police.

The school was quickly evacuated and searched by the NYPD’s Bomb Squad and Emergency Services Unit. After no explosive was found, the students were allowed back in after 1 p.m. to complete the school day.

“There was no evidence to suggest that a bomb threat was credible,” John Quaglione, a spokesman for the Diocese of Brooklyn, told the Daily News.

“The school building was then reoccupied and the students scheduled to take their World Language Regents exam then sat for the exam.”

Police have not identified the caller. It is unclear whether or not he is a St. Francis student. 

This is the third bomb threat at St. Francis this year.

The prep school was shut down for a week in January after a series of bomb threats were posted on Instagram. The posts included pictures of guns and tagged specific students from St. Francis.

The NYPD concluded there were “no credible threats.”

St. Francis was also evacuated on Apr. 25 when police responded to reports of a suspicious device inside a locker. The NYPD did not find any evidence of any such device.