Batavia schools to reopen Monday after social media threats found not credible

Batavia

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WROC/WIVB) — Students in the Batavia City School District will be back in the classroom Monday after a social media threat was found not to be credible.

BCSD said the Batavia Police Department found “no evidence of a credible threat to the district,” and that all activities are cleared to resume Saturday, December 4 and schools will reopen on Monday, December 6.

The district said in a news release they will continue working with the FBI and Secret Service to monitor social media threats and keep their community safe.

Anyone with information about the Thursday threat to the district is asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370. 

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ORIGINAL:

Schools in the Batavia City School District will be closed Friday due to unspecified threats on social media.

According to a message posted by the district Thursday, all buildings in the district will be closed on December 3 “out of an abundance of caution.” After-school activities are also canceled.

The Batavia Police Department is investigating the threats, which the district says have not yet been found to be credible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.

Read the message from the Batavia superintendent

Over the last few hours, it’s been brought to our attention that reports of threats of violence at buildings in our district are circulating on social media. We are currently working closely with the Batavia Police Department, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close all buildings in the district tomorrow, Friday, December 3, while the Batavia Police Department continues its investigation into whether these threats are credible. All after-school activities are also canceled for Friday, December 3. We will continue to update you as relevant information on the investigation becomes available. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we are taking these allegations against our community very seriously. If any student or family has any information regarding the threats, we ask that you please contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370. Sincerely, Scott Bischoping Interim Superintendent Batavia City School District

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