A TEENAGE boy who was arrested after armed police were called to a York secondary school has been released while inquiries continue.

North Yorkshire Police said this afternoon that the boy, who was arrested at Joseph Rowntree School yesterday morning, had been 'released under investigation.'

This means that police inquiries are continuing and the arrested person will be notified later on of the outcome.

The force said in a statement that police had attended the school on Wednesday morning following reports of threats being made towards pupils on social media.

"A teenager was arrested and taken into police custody," it said.

"He has since been released under investigation. Inquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances around this incident.

"As an investigation into the allegations is ongoing, we are not in a position to comment any further.

"We would ask people not to speculate on social media and allow the investigation to take its course."

The Press reported yesterday that officers had attended the school at New Earswick after a call from a concerned parent that a pupil had allegedly 'made threats on social media.'

The force said later that to reassure parents, following rumours on social media, there was no-one at the school with a gun or any other weapon and no-one had been injured.

A parent told The Press yesterday that panic had spread at the school when pupils arrived to find 'armed police everywhere.'

But school head teacher Lynne Hardcastle said in a letter to parents that the police presence had simply been to reassure the school population there was no danger.

She added that the young person at the centre of the issue was at no time unattended in school and she wanted to reassure parents that at no time was their child in any danger.