Online threat against Albion CSD deemed credible

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ALBION, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released a statement on an alleged plot for an attack at Albion Middle School.

Cuomo says there was a credible plot by three students.

“Yesterday, school officials in Upstate New York worked with local, state and federal law enforcement officers to help stop an alleged plot by three students to attack Albion Middle School. The plot was determined to be credible and the agencies worked quickly to investigate and identify the suspects.

The State of New York has zero tolerance for violence in our schools. I will do everything in my power as Governor to keep our children and our teachers safe. And I want to be crystal clear: any person posing a threat to our schools will face the harshest possible penalty under the law – whether or not they intend to actually execute that threat.  

I want to personally thank officials at the Albion Central School District, the Albion Police Department, the Orleans County District Attorney’s office, the FBI and the New York State Police for their swift response to these threats. School and police officials across this state continue to be on high alert and I encourage anyone who notices any unusual or suspicious behavior to report it to school administrators and law enforcement right away.”

Gov. Cuomo

Albion Central School District and law enforcement investigated the online threats.

The Superintendent of the Schools, Michael S. Bonnewell sent out a letter saying a small number of middle school students shared inappropriate and threatening messages on the gaming app “Discord.” Those threats were then shared across other social media platforms.

The students believed to be behind the original threats have been pulled from school.

Read the full letter below.

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