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Batavia City School District closed on Friday due to threats of violence on social media

Batavia schools closed
Posted at 9:41 PM, Dec 02, 2021

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Batavia City School District says it will be closed on Friday due to threats of violence at district buildings shared on social media.

In addition, all after school activities within the district will be canceled due to the threats.

The Batavia Police Department is continuing to investigate the threats.

In a statement, the district says, in part:
"BCSD will continue to update students, families, and staff as relevant information on the investigation becomes available. The safety of BCSD students and staff is the top priority, and the district is taking these allegations against our community very seriously."

"The Department is taking this matter seriously, and will devote the resources needed to ensure the safety and security of the students in the Batavia City School District.", stated Chief Shawn Heubusch, "We remind parents to continue to monitor their child's social media presence and report anything that is suspicious."

The Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia is also closed due to what the library calls "an emergency situation."

If you have any information, you're asked to contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370.