Classes in Session Tomorrow Following Report of Threat at Grand Island School

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WKBW) - William Kaegebein Elementary on Grand Island was placed in "shelter in place" mode following a reported threat.

As a precaution, the school did not allow anyone inside or out of the building while the school and law enforcement investigated. Meantime, the school notified students' families through an email and Global Connect phone call.

No one was hurt.

The "Shelter in Place" mode was lifted around 1:45 p.m. Parents were let inside the building and classes will be held tomorrow as usual.

Parents received a letter from the school, which states:

"Dear Kaegebein Families,

I am writing this letter to inform you of the events that transpired today at Kaegebein Elementary. You may have heard media reports and I wanted to let you know what steps we took to address the situation and maintain the safety of our students.
Early today, a parent shared a concern received from her child regarding a potential threat to the safety of the students and school. The report was second hand and corroborating information was inconsistent, leading us to believe that the threat was not credible. Out of an abundance of caution, we contacted the Sheriff’s Department, our District Office, cancelled our Mini Relay program, and initiated a Shelter-In-Place protocol. The students were returned to their classrooms, all students were accounted for, and instruction proceeded as usual. Special area classes and lunch proceeded as scheduled. Officers from the Sheriff’s Department arrived and assumed control of the situation. Their investigation revealed that further action was unwarranted. However, again from an abundance of caution, an officer will remain on the campus until dismissal at the end of the day. A Shelter-In-Place protocol allows the students to follow the instructional day. We added an additional precaution of not allowing non-essential individuals into the building. Unlike a Lock Down, students are allowed to move about the building and teachers are able to use internal communications to give and receive pertinent information. Students were escorted while in the halls as an additional measure of safety. Teachers were directed to keep the shades down to prevent students from being upset by the presence of law officers and their vehicles. Because the safety of our students is our first priority, we elected to err on the side of caution. We regret the concern that was caused by media reports indicating that a Lock Down was in place. We understand that this may have contributed to our families’ level of concern for their children’s safety I would like to commend the Sheriff’s Department, the State Troopers, the teachers and staff for their quick response, their focus on student safety and their commitment to maintain an orderly and calm environment for all. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at 773-8840 or our District Office, at 773-8800."