SCHENECTADY – A threat posted on social media regarding Oneida College in Schenectady was deemed not to be credible and designed as a “prank,” police said on Sunday.
With this determination, the school is to be opened as usual on Monday, police said.
“The Schenectady Police Department has been working closely with the school district following the recently discovered threat to Oneida Middle School,” police said in a Facebook statement Sunday. “During the investigation, it was determined that this was not a credible threat and that it was a joke. There is no safety issue regarding this incident and the school will be open normally. “
Police then presented an updated statement, responding to the lingering concerns of some relatives and offering more information on the source of the threat, stating that “the incident will be dealt with appropriately by the police department and the district school”.
“We understand that parents and students may still be uncomfortable given the threats that have been made. The source of the threat was identified as early as yesterday afternoon, but given that he is a minor, this information will not be disclosed, ”the police wrote. “Additionally, the source of the threat changed the content of a TikTok video. The source created a fake account and modified a threat template to appear as a direct threat in Schenectady. None of this was original content. This is becoming a nationwide trend in other school districts. The threat is not credible and has been fully investigated. The incident will be dealt with appropriately by the police department and the school district.
The threat referred to several people entering Oneida College, although no date was specified.
The school district posted an article about the threat on its Twitter page, noting that it was also under investigation by state police.
City school officials followed up on Sunday, citing the initial police decision on its own Facebook page.
“Thank you to the Schenectady police for their quick response, continuous communication and partnership! »Wrote the neighborhood.
The district then followed the second police statement with its own second statement:
“Thanks to the SPD for the update and additional details,” the district wrote. “We recognize the frustration when you don’t have all the details, but with questions like this we have to follow the direction of law enforcement. Be aware that the district will apply the code of conduct to the greatest extent possible. Again, we ask parents to closely monitor their child’s social media use and discuss the severity of any threats. We will also be working with the students and discussing the seriousness of messages / pranks like this weekend’s. “
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