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March 19, 2018 07:04 PM

The principal at Shenendehowa's High School East and the Saratoga County sheriff both say students are the keys to identifying and preparing for threats like the ones seen on Monday. Though everything went according to plan during dismissal, teachers, staff and police were ready in the event it didn't.

"It's that fine balance you don't want to create something where there's nothing," Principal Ron Agostinoni said. "So we have to balance that out. Take it seriously, but at the same time work with our professionals to kind of investigate it and go from there."

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A total of three threats were made to the school district this week: one on Instagram, and two others written in bathroom stalls at the middle and high schools.

"It doesn't matter what it is whether it's on social media or something that's written in a bathroom or a gymnasium, we have to look into it and we have to make sure that we've exhausted all leads," Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Cooper said.

Investigators said they'll be using the school's surveillance cameras in an effort to find the person responsible for the bathroom threats. They expect criminal charges to be filed.

"We don't tolerate this type of activity," Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said. "The kids need to be in school to learn. I don't want other kids to be nervous while they're in school."

Though there were over two dozen officers stationed throughout campus on Monday, one senior said about 50 percent of her classmates decided to stay home.

"Their parents didn't want them going because they just felt uncomfortable," senior Meg Naughton said.

As for coming to school for the rest of the week:

"I'm a little nervous but I trust the cops and I trust Shen," Naughton said.

In addition to criminal charges, the person or persons responsible for the threats will likely face consequences for breaking the school's code of conduct.


Emily Burkhard

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