CLIFTON PARK — A message containing a school shooting threat was found Friday on a wall in a bathroom stall at Shenendehowa High School East, according to district officials.
An email sent to students and parents at around 1:40 p.m. said a student reported to a teacher that an unknown person wrote a misspelled message on a bathroom stall wall that said, “Shoot up shcool 3/19/18 2:35.”
Authorities were called immediately, and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police were working collaboratively to investigate, according to the district.
Shen will have a police presence on campus on Monday in response to the threat, though Kelly DeFeciani, spokeswoman for the district, would not elaborate on the extent of that presence.
The email from the School District also noted that making any type of mass violence threat against a school is a felony.
“We understand that parents will be concerned, especially in light of recent tragedies at other schools,” states the email. “Please know that we take these things very seriously and will have a number of security precautions in place on Monday, including a police presence. Students can be our best eyes and ears. Please talk with your children and ask them if they have any information about who may be responsible. If they do, please encourage them to talk with a staff member or the principal. We are always concerned about the safety of our students, and we will continue to work with the police to pursue this matter vigilantly and punish those responsible.”
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo later on Friday said, “We’re working at an incident there, and it’s still under investigation; that’s all the information I have at this time.”
The New York State Police could not provide comment Friday.
DeFeciani said law enforcement officials were at the school investigating but had no suspect as of Friday afternoon. She said that, as soon as the teacher was informed of the note on the wall, the principal of the school was notified and police were called, with the districtwide email sent shortly afterward.
Shen is the latest area district to respond to a threat of a possible shooting, either through social media or other platforms.
Scotia-Glenville High School responded to a vague online threat on March 14, which resulted in many parents pulling their children from school and offering criticism over what they saw as a delay from the district in providing information. Glenville Police Chief Steve Janik said an investigation showed the threat to be vague and of no credibility.
On March 6, the Gloversville Police Department responded to Gloversville High School after a student received a death threat and a threat to blow up the school. School staff contacted police, and a 10-year-old was charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony.
In February, Schenectady schools issued a statement spurred by an Ohio-based threat that identified “SHS” — a school in Springfield — as the subject. In January, a similar “MHS” threat connected to a Virginia school led to responses from other districts, including the Mohonasen Central School District.