SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) — After the Salamanca City Central Schools closed Monday for what they called a “violent threat” made against district students, schools will be back open Tuesday.

SCCS officials were made aware of the threat Sunday at 8:45 p.m. After consulting with the Salamanca Police Department, they believed the threat was credible enough to close schools the next day.

The district now says the verbal threat was made by two students to other students at a playground off school grounds.

It’s confirmed that there was not a threat made by either student to bring a weapon to school and the district wasn’t the target of the threat. Police say the threat referenced a gun — not a firearm, but an airsoft pistol.

The district says the timing of the incident and lack of cooperation by the students and families elevated the credibility of the threat. Further criminal action is pending.

Parents say they applaud how the district handled the situation.

Schools will be back open Tuesday, September 20.


All Salamanca City Central Schools will be closed Monday after a specific violent threat was made against students and one of their schools.

The district says they became aware of the threat Sunday at 8:45 p.m. and believe it’s credible enough to keep people out of their buildings. And all school-related activities are also canceled Monday.

Salamanca Police tell News 4 the Salamanca BOCES program will be closed Monday as a precaution.

According to the SCCS website, “…the District was made aware of a specific violent threat directed at Salamanca students and the school by minor students.”

The Salamanca Police Department is investigating.

The district asks if anyone has questions to contact the Salamanca Police at (716) 945-2330.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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