Hoosick Falls Police say needle in candy bar was a prank

November 01, 2018 10:43 PM

HOOSICK FALLS - The Hoosick Falls Police Department has completed the follow up investigation regarding the candy incident on Halloween night. At the time, it was reported to the police that a sewing needle was found in a candy bar by an elementary school aged child. Officers followed up with interviews of the child and parent, and the child admitted that it was intended to be a prank on their father, but that the reaction quickly spiraled out of control.

At the time, the Hoosick Falls Police Department informed the community of the alleged incident out of an abundance of caution. The Hoosick Falls Police wants to ensure the public that there is no danger of tainted candy, and that with the many hundreds of trick-or-treaters out last night, this was the only report of this nature in the Hoosick Falls area.

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“It is important that parents talk to their children about the importance of telling the truth when confronted,” Chief Robert Ashe said. “What started out as a prank resulted in a lot of anxiety and concern for many families.”

“I have many mixed emotions,” said Mayor Rob Allen. “After seeing three extremely successful Halloween events aimed at families and children, I was very sad to see that this story tarnished our Village and the efforts of those involved with the events. Now, I am relieved to report that this was just a hoax. As a teacher and parent, I’m concerned for the child, and very glad that the child eventually told the truth. I think it is an important life lesson, and I hope that this negative can become a long-term positive regarding the importance of being honest, even when you’re afraid.”


WNYT Staff

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