WESTMORELAND — The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a threat that was made via email to Westmoreland Upper Elementary School Friday morning found not to be credible.
Deputy Neil Larrivey said the threat was received at about 8:30 a.m. and was reported by Principal Trevor Haskell to the school resource officer and special patrol officer. The school was placed in a hold-in-place for students and staff, and lockout during the investigation, which has since been lifted.
“The threat has been deemed non-credible and the hold in place has since been lifted,” Larrivey said.
Superintendent Rocco J. Migliori stated in a district-wide message that at the time of the threat, one of the district’s
four armed special patrol officers was already in the Upper Elementary School and the school resource officer also responded.
The district immediately contacted the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office to help investigate the threat, assist with tracing the email and conduct a search of the Upper Elementary School.
“As suspected, it was quickly determined that the threat was non-credible and at no time were students or staff in any danger,” Migliori said.
The hold-in-place was lifted at 10:20 a.m. The junior/senior high school and upper elementary School continued to operate as normal. In accordance with district polices, the entrances to all school buildings remained locked.
In partnership with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the district employs a school resource officer and four armed special patrol officers, with one officer in each school building at all times.