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Threatening note puts middle school in Niskayuna on lockdown

June 08, 2018 11:37 PM

Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna was on lockdown Friday after a threatening note was left in the school bathroom. Police say the threat caused no harm and all students, faculty and administration were safe. Worried parents waited hours for students to be released.

"My son, someone, I think one of the teachers, must have allowed him to reach out to us but they were huddled up in a room and so it's scary and the kids were trying to figure out what's going on. They think the worst based on what they see on TV," said Justin Smith from Niskayuna.

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Friday was a nerve wracking day for parents and students at the school. 

"First thing we heard was a text message to my husband and I that the kids were on lockdown. They said it wasn't a drill," said Anne Gallo of Niskayuna.

The campus went into lockdown shortly before the school day was about to end. After a thorough investigation police found no harm and released students hours later. Many of the parents say although it was terrifying. They were very pleased with the school throughout the ordeal.

"The communication kept pumping out from the principal so we had video recording texted to us, telling us the kids were perfectly safe but as a precaution they were locking down the school," said Smith.

While others saying although the school may have handled the lockdown correctly, the release of their children was not addressed appropriately.

"My son, Elliot Madison, he has special needs. He's in the special needs classroom. They're being let out last. He has autism. He's scared. He hasn't gone to the bathroom since seven in the mooring. He is unable to go if he's not home and they're letting him out last."

Police said they were releasing those that walk to school first and then those that bus in were required to take the bus home.

"When you ride on an airplane usually they let the elderly, the disabled, it's just the American way and I don't understand why it's not happening," said Madison.

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Brooke Selby

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