At least three schools in the Capital Region received threats of violence via email early Monday morning. According to posts on their respective websites, the schools are Watervliet, North Colonie and the Heatly School in the Green Island district.
Each school issued a statement saying a non-specific threat came through via email. Police were contacted in each incident. Watervliet Superintendent, Dr. Donald Stevens, said an investigation began Monday morning:
This morning before staff and student arrival, we did a sweep of both schools and the parking areas that surround each building. Administrators also conducted a bag check this morning at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School. In addition, the WPD has provided an increased police presence around the schools today as a precaution, and recess at Watervliet Elementary School will be indoors.
There was an increased police presence at each school throughout the day. There were also reports of similar threats made to schools in downstate New York. NewsChannel 13 reports the threats were not deemed credible.
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