Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Monday night, the District was informed of a high school student who was directing threatening images and language to other students on social media. We immediately responded by contacting law enforcement to investigate. Upon initial investigation, law enforcement conducted interviews and a voluntary search that did not turn up anything of concern. To be certain, the situation continues to be investigated by school authorities and law enforcement.
As a precaution, there will be heightened security at all school entrances while the open investigation is underway.
Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our primary concern and any threats of violence, even if deemed not credible, are taken very seriously. Students who are determined to have made such threats face consequences through our school’s Code of Conduct, as well as potential legal consequences.
This incident is a prime example of people taking seriously our request that “if you see something, say something.” We appreciate the people who reported this situation so that we could quickly address it in the safest manner possible. This is an opportune time to discuss the situation with your children and emphasize that there are severe consequences of such actions, even if the threat is made in jest. Please remind your children about the importance of reporting any suspicious or potentially threatening activity to an adult as soon as possible.
Please be assured that our administrators actively work with law enforcement to investigate and address all potential threats when they are discovered or reported. We are grateful for the cooperation and assistance of our school resource deputy, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, our staff, and our parents and students. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the district office at 518-828-4360 or contact your building principal.
Thank you for your attention to this important information.
Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools