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20-year-old arraigned for Lexington HS threat

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LEXINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - A 20-year-old was one of two people charged with making threats that forced school officials to shut down Lexington High School.

Prosecutors said Myles Penniman sent out texts promising "Columbine-style violence" at the school, and that he targeted developmentally delayed students.

The Assistant District Attorney Raquel Frisardi said Penniman currently attends Clark University and used to go to school at Lexington High School.

A judge set his bail at $5,000 and he will be under house arrest with GPS monitoring, no social media and no weapons.

"If it was a joke, if that’s what they said in court, I don’t think it’s a funny joke. They need to take those things seriously and it ruined our whole school day," James Butler, a student, said.

According to a release from the school, officials were notified of a possible threat Thursday morning and following emergency response protocols contacted the police department.

As a result of the investigation, students and staff were dismissed at 1 p.m. and the campus was closed for the remainder of the day.

“I heard some kids were going to shoot the school, they were going to target the lab program first is what I heard,” a student said.
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