VENICE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The New York State Police responded to the Southern Cayuga Central School District on Monday for a report of a student making violent threats against other students.
New York State Police located a 13-year-old at their residence and the student was taken into custody without incident.
The student has been charged with making a terroristic threat and is due in Cayuga County Family court on May 22.
Below is the letter sent to parents Monday morning:
Dear Jr/Sr HS Families,
Please see the information below from Mr. Jensen. We learned today that our school messaging system via Schooltool did not properly deploy all emails regarding the event that occurred today. My sincere apologies for this issue. We appreciate your support in this matter and know that we are addressing this issue with highest consequence as it cause a substantial disruption to our school day. Should you have any questions, please let me know.
May 13, 2019
Dear Friends & Families,
The Southern Cayuga Central School District is committed to the safety, security and privacy of all of our students and staff. When district staff or administration is informed of a perceived threat, we immediately conduct an investigation in cooperation with law enforcement. We must act quickly while ensuring accuracy to prevent or reduce potential harm.
This morning we received reports concerning the content on a student’s social media account. Immediately the administrative team contacted the State Police who began investigating the matter. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of students and staff on our campus. Our two security guards placed themselves at our two main entrances, along with a state trooper at the high school entrance. During moments of uncertainty, we operate with an abundance of caution and at no point was there an actual threat on our campus.
Unfortunately, the district experienced a region-wide Internet and email outage today which began at 7:12 am and lasted until 9:45 am. The system outage prevented notification via email, School Tool, or School Messenger from the district. The outage affected every school district in Central New York. When the Internet was restored, our primary communication systems came back online but continued to have problems. The district sent two emails to parents at 10:47 am and 11:17 am. Please see those messages below.
The tragedies in Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado have heightened fears across the nation. These events are an opportunity for us to review the safety protocols and measures we take at Southern Cayuga to keep our students and staff safe. Those recommendations include technology enhancements, a single point entrance for visitors, and the inclusion of School Security Guards. Even though they are considered part of the solution, experts still deem human relationships and school culture as most important to preventing violence.
We will continue to be vigilant, but we must work together as a community.
SCCS Superintendent of Schools