Sheriff's Dept. Finds No Evidence of Threat at GI School

6:31 PM, May 30, 2013   |    comments
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Kaegabein Elementary School, Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, NY - School and law enforcement officials Thursday investigated what they called a "word of mouth" threat against Kaegabein Elementary School.

The school on Love Road went into "shelter in place" mode around 9:30 a.m., meaning the school day was proceeding as normal, but no one was allowed in or out of the building. It was lifted around 1:30 p.m. and the rest of the school day proceeded without incident.

A representative from the district says a shelter in place is less severe than a "lockdown". Under a lockdown, students are not allowed to leave their classrooms. A shelter in place allows everyone to move around the building, but does not allow anyone in our out.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department said it all started with a parent of a student said that her child had overheard talk among other students of a threat against the school. They say all indications are that the threat was actually talk among the children that may have grown as it was spread. The investigation, so far, shows no one at the school was ever in any danger.

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