Eastridge High School evacuated students due to ‘nature of the threat’

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IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — Eastridge High School was evacuated due to a threat made Friday morning.

Officials have since determined the school to be safe and said the day will resume as normal.

East Irondequoit Central School District communications director David Yates say the threat came in at 9:45 a.m. Friday. Yates says the school immediately went into emergency response protocol — they called 911 and evacuated the building.

“The sheriff’s office and RPD, their K9 units were on scene,” said Irondequoit Police Captain Alan Laird. “They were teamed up with members of IPD and a member of the school staff — they went through room by room, area by area, and as they went through they deemed each area safe.”

Yates said they decided to evacuate due to “the nature of the threat.”

“The nature of the threat was one that we felt it was better we were extremely cautious,” Yates said. “The nature of the world today, airing on the side of caution is probably the best course we could take and that’s what we decided to do.”

Officials wouldn’t go into details of what the threat entailed because they said “it’s an integral part of an ongoing investigation.”

After evacuating the building, students were placed on buses and moved to a safe location at Culver Ridge Plaza.

Roads to the school were blocked off and around 11 a.m., parents started arriving to pick up their children.

Irondequoit police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police were on scene investigating.

Parents say they received a robocall that there would be an evacuation and that students would be released early.

“The parents found out before we even did telling us that there was a bomb threat and even a gun threat to the school,” a student at Eastridge said.

This threat comes just one day after the tragedy that occurred in California on Thursday.

“Our principal, Timothy Heaphy, is very aware of the emotional support of our kids,” Yates said. “On Monday once we debrief we’ll go through everything, whats the best approach in helping the kids deal with this. ”

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