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Officials: Mohonasen threat from Schalmont student investigated

Officials: Mohonasen threat from Schalmont student investigated

Districts: No credible threat from student
Officials: Mohonasen threat from Schalmont student investigated
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ROTTERDAM -- The Rotterdam Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation of threatening messages posted to social media aimed students and staff at Mohonasen Central School District by a Schalmont student, the districts said on their websites.

School district officials contacted law enforcement as soon as they were made aware of the threatening messages, officials said. 

Officials became aware of the threat late Saturday morning, Schalmont school officials said. A Schalmont student posted the threat to a social media site and mentioned students and staff at Mohonasen, Schalmont officials said.

"We immediately contacted law enforcement who, after conducting an investigation and interviewing the student, determined that there is no credible threat to the safety of students and staff at either district," the Schalmont statement read.

The student was identified and will not attend school on Monday, the Schalmont district said. The district and police continue to investigate and Schalmont will apply its code of conduct, the district said.

“The safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors is always our highest concern,” Schalmont Superintendent Carol Pallas said in a statement. “We are committed to a safe learning and work environment for all.”

Mohonasen Central School District Superintendent Shannon Shine, on the Mohonasen site, noted no credible threat to the safety of the students and staff at either district, but a criminal investigation is ongoing. 

"See something, say something works, and this is a great example," Shine said according to the Mohonasen site.

The Mohonasen-Schalmont threat follows similar threats in recent weeks at Niskayuna and Ballston Spa schools. In those cases, two 17-year-old students have been arrested on felonies and another student has been identified but the investigation has continued, officials have said.

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