2 Gouverneur Students Taken Into Custody, Released After Lockdow

2 Gouverneur Students Taken Into Custody, Released After Lockdown

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Gouverneur Central School was placed on lockdown Thursday after village police said several threatening messages were found written on the wall of a boy's bathroom.

Police said a search of the school turned up no weapons and there was no evidence of a credible threat.

According to police, two students were taken into custody "as persons of interest." The students were later released to their parents, police said.

District Superintendent Lauren French said a student reported finding a threat in a bathroom.

"The threat appeared to be very credible," she said.

French said the wording caused enough concern to trigger the district's safety plan and students were released from school.

Students said as they were waiting to leave, they didn't know what was happening.

"People there were crying. I was, like, worried. What was the threat," said Jonathon Knowlton, 9th grade student.

"State troopers and police started coming in and searched through everybody's lockers," said Jesse Farr, 7th grade student.

School officials said a team was present at the middle and high schools Thursday afternoon to let students pick up belongings.

"Student safety will not be compromised and not only student safety, but the safety of our staff and and employees. They were just outstanding today," she said.

Classes are expected to resume as normal on Friday.

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