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Police presence increased at Amherst High after ominous email

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About half the students at Amherst Steele High School are absent today following an ominous email sent to members of the senior class.

Amherst Steele High School Head Principal Joe Tellier said an email was sent out from a student’s account at 4:06 p.m. Thursday to the entire senior class of 330 people. It appears that the student’s email was hacked.

The email, with the subject line, “Phantom thieves show of power,” mentions an English teacher by name, and while it doesn’t make any overt threats, says they’ve hacked various social media and email accounts. A news release from Amherst police says they are investigating other social media images that may be related to the hacking of the email account.

“We’ve watched from the shadows, a world of ignorance, bullying, a blind eye turned to it,” said the message, signed from the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. “We are the outcasts you’ve hurt, pushed into a corner and we seek revenge.”

Tellier said there’s a heavy police presence at school today, but there has been no disturbance.

“Our attendance is light today,” Tellier said. “The kids that are here are in good spirits, though.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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