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Here's what hasn't changed since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida: law enforcement is still treating school threats the same.
"Any report that we get will be investigated thoroughly and it always has been that way." said Jefferson County Sheriff
Here's what has changed: there has been an increase in school threats and people are more sensitive to reporting threats.
Since the school shooting in Florida, there have been rumored or alleged threats at three north country schools, Carthage High School, Lowville Academy and Gouverneur Central.
Watertown City School District Superintendent Patti LaBarr says she takes any report of a threat seriously. As far as the action taken for those threats...
"You have to really figure out the threat and determine what course of action you need to take based on the evidence that you have," she said.
For example, at Lowville Academy, a 14 year old boy was arrested in connection with an alleged threat made at the school. Sheriff O'Neill says to get to that point, a few things have to be considered.
"Their intent, their mode of the threat," she said.
LaBarr says if a student in her school district makes a threat that serious, it's up to both school administrators and law enforcement to decide if that student should be arrested.