Shooting Threat Causes Turmoil At North Country Schools

Shooting Threat Causes Turmoil At North Country Schools

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When students started saying they heard there may be a shooting at Harrisville Central School, officials jumped into action.

"A couple weeks ago, a rumor had started that there was a shooting that might potentially happen at the school.
It was thoroughly investigated not only by us, but also by the police, and it was found to not be credible at all," said Harrisville Central School Superintendent Robert Finster.

Finster says he thought the situation quieted down. But Tuesday, people took to social media, saying they heard a shooting may happen Wednesday.

The school notified parents and state troopers were in and out of the building as a safety precaution.

The rumor did lead to an evacuation though, but not at Harrisville...at Edwards-Knox Central School.

Officials say they received an email from a parent who heard the rumor.

"We decided to evacuate the building and call 911. I also called the state troopers to see if they knew of any type of threat in our area," said Edwards-Knox Superintendent Ron Burke.

Once no threat was found, students returned to school.

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department says it was a case of confusion.

"They had heard a conversation involving an incident at Harrisville school yesterday and assumed that it was about Edwards-Knox," said Detective Sergeant Thomas Caringi of the sheriff's department.

And another school was also affected.

Parents of students at Clifton-Fine Central School heard the rumor. School officials say there was no direct threat, but did call police, where they learned the rumor wasn't credible.

Sheriffs were frustrated with how one non-credible threat turned into something much bigger.

Finster says there will be an assembly soon to talk to students about social media and its potential impact on situations like this.

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