WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The West Seneca Central School District says “no credible threat” was found and all students are safe after West Middle School was put in a shelter in place Friday morning.
The district said it received information that a student was in possession of a weapon at the school and decided to put the building in a shelter in place, which means students needed to remain in their classrooms with their teachers. A lockout was also put in place.
“In partnership with the West Seneca Police, we conducted a thorough investigation and have come to the firm conclusion that there is no credible threat to our school and that all students are safe,” the district wrote online. “We are resuming normal school functioning with an increased police presence out of an abundance of caution. While there is no need for parents to pick their children up from school, we ask that any parents who wish to do so be patient with our staff so as to provide for a safe and orderly process.”
Numerous schools both locally and nationally have been experiencing threats circulating through social media. All of the Southwestern Central School District‘s campus schools are closed on Friday due to a threat of violence, and other local districts have been impacted in recent weeks.
Grand Island school officials said they are on alert following a threatening post on TikTok, though authorities say the threat isn’t credible.
The first update from the district came just before 11 a.m., when it said there was “an issue with a student.” All students were said to be safe at that time.
“We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the West Seneca Police for their support and assistance in resolving this matter,” the district said. “We would also like to thank our families for their patience as we worked to ensure the safety of our school community.”
Students will be dismissed at their normal time, but there will be a police presence as a precautionary measure. Parents can pick up their kids if they’d like to, but they won’t be allowed in the building.
All afternoon and evening activities in the district are canceled.
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