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Schenectady Police: Oneida Middle School threat not credible, intended as ‘prank’; School to be open as normal

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SCHENECTADY – A threat posted to social media concerning Schenectady’s Oneida Middle School has been deemed not credible and intended as a “prank,” police said Sunday.

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With that determination, the school is to be open as normal Monday, police said.

“The Schenectady Police Department has been working very closely with the school district following the recently discovered threat to Oneida Middle School,” police said in a statement Sunday on Facebook. “Through the investigation it has been deemed that it is not a credible threat and it was intended to be a prank. There are no safety concerns in regard to this incident and the school will be open as normal.”

Police later offered an updated statement, addressing continued concerns from some parents, and offering more information on the source of the threat, indicating “the incident will be handled appropriately by the police department and the school district.”

“We understand that parents and students still may not be comfortable given the threats that were made. The source of the threat was identified as early as yesterday afternoon, but due to it being a juvenile that information will not be released,” police wrote. “Further, the source of the threat modified content from a TikTok video. The source created a fake account and modified a threat template to appear as a direct threat in Schenectady. None of it was original content. This is becoming a trend nationwide in other school districts. The threat is not credible and has been thoroughly investigated. The incident will be handled appropriately by the police department and the school district.

 

The threat referred to multiple people entering Oneida Middle School, although no date was specified.

The school district posted about the threat on its Twitter page, noting it was also being investigated by state police.

City school officials followed up Sunday, quoting the original police determination on its own Facebook page.
 
“Thank you to the Schenectady Police for their swift response, ongoing communication & partnership!” the district wrote.
 
The district then followed the second police statement with it’s own second statement:
 
“Thank you to SPD for the update and additional details,” the district wrote. “We recognize the frustration when you don’t have all the details but with matters such as this we must follow the guidance of law enforcement. Know that the district will enforce the code of conduct to the fullest extent. Again, we ask parents to please closely monitor your child’s social media usage and discuss the seriousness of any threat. We will also be working with students and will discuss the seriousness of posts/pranks like the one this weekend.”
 


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