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Ballston Spa high student accused of making shooting threat

Ballston Spa high student accused of making shooting threat

Threat indicated there would be a school shooting 'tomorrow'
Ballston Spa high student accused of making shooting threat
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BALLSTON SPA -- A note about a school shooting written on a bathroom wall at Ballston Spa High School sparked an investigation Tuesday evening, and within hours, a student had confessed to writing the threats, district spokesman Stuart Williams said.

District officials also said they expected the student would face charges for making the threat. 

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, speaking before Williams said a student had confessed, said he was confident the school day would resume as usual Wendesday morning, but he added that his department would step up patrols around the high school. While the threat was still under investigation Tuesday night, Zurlo said he did not believe it to be a credible threat. 

"It should not be an issue tomorrow morning for kids coming to school," Zurlo said.  

Wednesday Update: Sheriff: Girl, 17, charged in Ballston Spa school threat, Nov. 14, 2018

Ballston Spa School District spokesman Stuart Williams said the investigation was underway as of 4 p.m., and that Saratoga County sheriff's deputies and other investigators were at the high school Tuesday evening. District officials sent out an updated note about the threat to parents at around 7 p.m. Tuesday, informing them about the student confession and outlining work the district is doing to continually improve its safety protocols.

The initial notification of the threat, sent to parents by Superintendent Ken Slentz earlier Tuesday afternoon, said the threat found on the bathroom wall indicated there would be a shooting at the school "tomorrow." He said the school's resource officer and the Sheriff's Department were leading the investigation.

"While I fully understand how unsettling such news from us can be, I am grateful for your patience and your willingness to let the team do their work in these instances," Slentz wrote in the second note to parents.

The investigation comes amid similar threats found recently in Niskayuna and other schools throughout the region.

Zurlo said he takes all threats seriously, and that students and families should discuss the consequences of making such threats.

"I'm not going to tolerate it," Zurlo said. "Come on, kids. Think before you do it ... why screw up the rest of your life for a stupid mistake?"

Wednesday Update: Sheriff: Girl, 17, charged in Ballston Spa school threat, Nov. 14, 2018

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