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Some Williamsville CSD students allegedly received messages with videos of the Tops Shooting

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Posted at 11:57 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 10:31:08-04

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Williamsville Central School District Superintendent Dr. Darren Brown-Hall says Amherst Police are investigating instances of students within the district being sent videos of the mass shooting at the Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

In a message to parents and staff, Dr. Brown-Hall said police were looking into text messages that were sent — apparently at random — to phone numbers around the region. He said the messages appear to have been spammed out from numbers in other states and other countries.

The district's message to parents warns them not to open texts from numbers they do not know, saying, quote: "No one should have to relive or be re-traumatized from the images of terror that unfolded last Saturday."

The district has administrators, counselors and mental health support staff available for any student or staff member who needs someone to talk to if they are struggling with their mental health or have any questions.