State police respond to alleged threat made by student against Potsdam Central
POTSDAM — State police responded this morning following an alleged threat made by a Potsdam Central student against the school.
Superintendent Joann Chambers said once the district was made aware of the social media threat that officials contacted law enforcement.Chambers said because the student in question was not present in school, the district enacted a “lock-out,” during which school buildings were secured and students were kept indoors until the district was notified that it was safe to operate under normal circumstances.
“As always, the safety of our staff and students is our highest priority,” she said. “We understand these situations are concerning for parents, students, and the greater community. We want you to be aware that our administration has exercised extreme diligence and taken all proper actions required by law and in the best interest of our students and faculty.”
She said the matter is being handled according to the district code of conduct.
“This situation provides an example of the important shared responsibility for school safety by staff, students and community members,” Chambers said. “Students are often the best eyes and ears in cases like these, and the students who reported this incident should be applauded for their quick action in notifying an adult.”
People are reminded that if they witness or hear about a threat made against the school or other concerning activity, to report the information to school officials immediately.
For students, this can be done by approaching a trusted adult or by making an anonymous report through the Say Something Anonymous Reporting app.