Threatening call sends Cohoes school into lockdown

March 20, 2018 11:13 PM

Cohoes High School went on lockdown briefly Tuesday after a 15-year-old student called 911 saying he was going to shoot up the school.

Police say it turns out it was just a prank call. But students at school were shaken up.

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"Our principal got on our announcements about there's a lockdown down," said senior Baazir Tolbert. "I'm thinking it's a joke or something like a practice routine of doing a lockdown, but it was serious because my teacher was scared he was like ok this is serious we all need to get down this is not a drill."

It happened just before 2:00 p.m. Officers were able to respond within a minute. They tracked the student down using his cell phone. They say he was still inside the school.

The student was taken to the police station and questioned. They discovered the threat was not credible. Investigators also searched his home. No weapon was found.

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse said parents should not be nervous to send their children to school.

"I want people to know that in the City of Cohoes as part of our safe streets initiative in keeping our community safe, we have police at our schools in the morning, we have them there at dismissal," said Morse. "That allowed us to respond in a very fast manner."

Students were sent home shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Police are now looking at what charges the teen could face.


WNYT Staff

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