Official: 3 Amsterdam students pull fire alarms

Three Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy students face disciplinary action and possible referral to ju
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Three Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy students face disciplinary action and possible referral to juvenile authorities after officials say they pulled a fire alarm three times in the past two days, according to Greater Amsterdam School District Superintendent Ronald Limoncelli.

The alarms occurred twice Wednesday at the grade six through eight school, the first time about 12:30 p.m. and the second about a half-hour later. An alarm also was activated Tuesday afternoon at the approximately 870-student Brandt Place building.

Limoncelli said that district administrators intend to conduct disciplinary hearings. If the hearings conclude that the students pulled the alarms and if no mitigating circumstances can be determined, Limoncelli said, the students will face suspension.

Citing district policy, Limoncelli declined to release any information about the three students.

Limoncelli said district officials will also consider whether referral to police and family court is warranted.

“This is a major disruption to our children’s education and it is dangerous for the fire department to come rushing to the school,” Limoncelli said.

It wasn’t clear Wednesday whether the incidents were related.

Amsterdam Fire Chief Richard Liberti said firefighters were in the middle of emergency medical services classroom training on Wednesday when the alarm call was received.

Liberti said that these incidents cause problems for everyone, particularly those who might really need the assistance of the firefighters, who also serve as emergency medical technicians for the city.

“Obviously, we’d rather be called to a false alarm, but not one that is done maliciously,” Liberti said.

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