2018-02-13 / Front Page

Comment Viewed as Threat at Downsville Central School Results in Police Investigation

DOWNSVILLE - The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Downsville Central School Friday morning as a result of a reported threat of possible future school violence. Police were advised of the incident by school staff after learning that a parent in the district made a social media post about the perceived threat on Feb. 15.
A 17-year-old student was identified as the source of the perceived threat and it was determined by school staff and police that the comment was inappropriate but did not amount to a credible threat or intention by a student to engage in school violence.
Students, parents and community members are urged to immediately contact 911 and the appropriate school district administration to report any information regarding perceived threats of school violence, according to Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond.
“Reporting threat information to social media is not a productive means to get any perceived threat immediately addressed. The best reporting mechanism is 911. If you see something, say something. Moreover, students need to be strongly cautioned that making inappropriate comments regarding potential school violence may result in legal action being taken in addition to disciplinary action by the school,” DuMond said in response to the incident.
New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police assisted the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office with the incident.

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