Two students detained, but not charged, in connection with Gouverneur school threat
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 5:38 pm

GOUVERNEUR -- Police say no arrests have been made in connection with an incident that led to Gouverneur Central School being evacuated following a school lockdown on Thursday.

However, two unidentified students were taken into custody as "persons of interest" and were later released to their parents, according to a news release from the Gouverneur Police Deparment.

Chief Laurina Greenhill did not respond to an email and phone calls seeking comment on whether they would eventually be charged with any crimes, but the release says an investigation is ongoing.

At around 7:25 a.m. Thursday, a Gouverneur police officer was at Gouverneur High School speaking with a staff member about an unrelated matter and was approached by a student, who reported finding a handwritten threat in a boys' bathroom, the release said.

"Several messages of a threatening nature were found written on the wall of a boys' bathroom. School officials took immediate action," the release says.

Police say a search of the building turned up no weapons, and "additional measures and interviews determined no evidence of a credible threat," the release says.

Gouverneur PD were assisted by New York State Police, the troopers' Canine Unit and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.