Harrisville classes to resume Friday after ‘potential threat’ prompts evacuation

Harrisville classes to resume Friday after ‘potential threat’ prompts evacuation
File photo: Harrisville classroom (Source: WWNY)

HARRISVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - Classes will resume Friday for students in the Harrisville Central School District, according to Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli.

He said the school evacuated students and staff at around 11 a.m. Thursday morning after receiving a phone call.

Carpinelli said “certain words” were used that raised concern, but declined to comment on what those words were.

Because investigators were not immediately able to find the source of the call, the school evacuated as a precaution, he said.

The school posted the following message on its website and Facebook page:

“Special announcement: All students and staff are safe. Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to evacuate due to a message left last night on our phone system.”

In a recorded message sent to parents' phones, district Superintendent Robert Finster said there was a “fairly heavy police presence” at the school during the evacuation. He also said police advised school officials to wait until everyone was out of the building before notifying parents.

At around 3 p.m. Thursday, the school posted this message:

“The Harrisville Central School District received a potential threat this morning and in consultation with the School Resource Officer, immediately engaged lockdown procedure and contacted local law enforcement. Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the building while law enforcement conducted a thorough investigation. At this time, we have been advised that it is safe for students and staff to return to school. We know our community has many questions, but we are not able to share additional details, as the investigation is ongoing. We thank our partners in law enforcement for their swift response.”

We’ve reached out to the school for comment. We’ll update this story if we get more information.

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