FRANKFORT, N.Y. – Frankfort-Schuyler Junior/Senior High School was evacuated around 10 a.m. Wednesday due to a written threat found in a boy's bathroom. There was a post on the school's website alerting parents to come pick up their children. The school all-call system also sent four messages to parents alerting them of the situation.
“There was a written threat discovered by a student who notified the staff. At that point staff notified local law enforcement; at that point we acted on that threat,” said Frankfort Police Chief Matthew Palumbo.
The school went into a shelter-in-place before the decison was made to evacuate. The middle school students were immediately sent to the elementary school, and the high school students were evacuated to the Frankfort Town Hall on 3rd Avenue. Parents were advised to pick students up at each location.
New York State Police K-9 units arrived on scene and after sweeping the school, determined there was no threat.
Palumbo says there is video footage available from the school that the police will review for more information. They also plan to questions students. He says the school is cooperating fully with the investigation.
“This is not funny, it’s not a game, like I said when we find out who it is, and we will find out, they will be charged to the fullest extent of the law,” said Palumbo.
School will resume on Thursday as scheduled.
The Frankfort school went under lockdown a couple of weeks ago on Sept. 20 after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall during ninth period. The school was released under a controlled dismissal. During that incident, school officials said the parent notification system was delayed.
Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Frankfort police at 315-895-7311.