GLOVERSVILLE – A 911 call from a juvenile saying someone inside Park Terrace Elementary School was “trying to kill him” sent the school into a lockdown Thursday morning, police said.
Police responded and determined there to be no threat and the call to be a “prank.” Police continued to investigate.
The incident happened just before 10 a.m. when the juvenile called 911 to make the report and then hung up, police said in a release.
The call originated from a land-line phone inside Terrace Elementary, police said. Dispatchers relayed that information to Gloversville police, who then responded to the scene. Once there, police called for the lockdown.
State police, Johnstown police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office then responded, as well as the Gloversville Fire Department and GAVAC, police said.
Police then proceeded to search each room of the school in conjunction with the district school safety officer and police school resource officer, police said.
The lockdown lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, the district said.
“Neither a suspect, nor the initial caller, was located,” police said in a release. “Members of the Gloversville Police Department Detective Division are working closely with members of the Gloversville Enlarged School District to attempt to identify the juvenile male responsible for making the 911 call, which was determined to be a ‘prank.'”
The lockdown led the school ground to be closed to the public while police investigated.
The Gloversville Enlarged School District issued a statements on the incident on its website, offering details of what happened, including when the lockdown was lifted.
“School administration and law enforcement are confident that it was a prank phone call from an empty classroom, and that all students and staff in the building are safe,” the district wrote.