A few students at Notre Dame High School were targeted with threats on a social media site. Their parents notified the school who in return implemented security protocols. A security alert e-mail was sent out to all parents notifying them about the threats. The targeted students were given the option to stay home, but not all of them did. The school did continue normal operations, but in lockdown mode. Kari Puleo is the Director of Advancement Notre Dame. She spoke about the seriousness of the threats.
"We take safety very seriously here. We’re very concerned about all of our student’s safety as every school is in the nation, and we just want to do the best for the students, and make sure they get in their educational needs, but they are all safe and protected at the same time."
The Utica Police Department has to follow legal steps when investigating social media sites, but Utica Police Department's Lt. Bryan Coromato is considering the threats serious, and all after school activities have been cancelled.
"We are aware that parents are concerned about what may be going on here, and if the threats are real. Obviously any threat is taken seriously, and we’re going to act that they’re serious threats, and we’ll investigate it and we’re going to provide protection to the school for the near future."
Students are expected to resume their normal schedules even though the school will be on heightened security for the rest of the week.