Regular activities at the Mechanicville City School District’s junior/senior high school have been resumed.
A Shelter in Place order was issued just before 1 p.m. today after a non-specific threat was discovered in the high school girls room. “Shelter in Place” is a term intended as a short-term strategy for dealing with some sort of disaster or threat.
School officials disclosed the threat on their web site, and then around 2 p.m., an hour later, issued this second statement:
“At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, a non-specific threat was found to be written in the High School girls room. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department was notified immediately resulting in the recommendation to keep students sheltered in their classrooms as the issue was addressed and the sheriff’s department conducted an investigation. As a precautionary measure, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit was brought in as an added layer of safety to all students and staff, and upon clearance from law enforcement, students resumed a modified schedule to accommodate the delay. The Shelter in Place is now complete.
The earlier statement had read: “This is notification that the Jr/Sr. High School building is currently in Shelter in Place. Under this procedure no one is allowed in or out of the building at this time. Thank you for your cooperation.”
The combined junior and senior high school in Mechanicville is located in the west end of the city, just off of Pruyn Hill Rd.