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West Seneca Central School District issues statement following shelter in place at West Middle School

West Seneca Schools
Posted at 12:11 PM, Dec 17, 2021

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The West Seneca Central School District has issued a statement following a shelter in place at West Middle School.

Around 11 a.m. Friday the district announced students at the school were sheltering in place due to an issue with a student. The district continued on to say all students were safe and accounted for.

Around 11:45 a.m. Friday the district released a statement on its Facebook page following the incident which said in part that information was received that a student was in possession of a weapon at West Middle School. An investigation was conducted in partnership with West Seneca police and the district said "there is no credible threat to our school and that all students are safe." Normal school functions have resumed with an increased police presence out of an abundance of caution.

Today we received information that a student was in possession of a weapon at West Middle School. We immediately responded by placing the school in a Shelter In Place which involves all students remaining in their classrooms with their teachers. In partnership with the West Seneca Police, we conducted a thorough investigation and have come to the firm conclusion that there is no credible threat to our school and that all students are safe. We are resuming normal school functioning with an increased police presence out of an abundance of caution.

The district said there is no need for parents to pick their children up but asked any parents wishing to do so be patient with the staff.

While there is no need for parents to pick their children up from school, we ask that any parents who wish to do so be patient with our staff so as to provide for a safe and orderly process. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the West Seneca Police for their support and assistance in resolving this matter. We would also like to thank our families for their patience as we worked to ensure the safety of our school community.