Amherst Police investigating threat to Sweet Home School District


AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Sweet Home Central School District Superintendent Anthony Day says high school administration became aware of a picture of a man with a gun strapped to his shoulder and back area was shared in a group chat with 30 students.

Day says this happened at 6:55 p.m. on Monday. The photo had “don’t come to school the 6th” placed in the picture.

Members of the school administration worked with Amherst police to investigate and interview individuals who may have information regarding the picture.

Tuesday night, Sweet Home Director of Finance and Plant Services Don Feldmann released a new statement, saying the person in the image has been identified, as well as the person who added the caption.

“We will continue to work closely with legal authorities to complete the investigation hold those individuals responsible for this situation accountable for their actions,” Feldmann said.

The district says added security measures will be in place on Wednesday.

Amherst Police will have additional patrol cars on the high school campus during arrival and dismissal and will make checks throughout the day.

Checks will be made at all the district campuses during the school day.

Extra security guards will be in place at the high school until 4 p.m., and staff will do door checks throughout the day, according to Superintendent Day.

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