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Police investigate potential threat involving Lockport school

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Posted at 6:07 AM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 10:29:17-05

The Lockport Police Chief says there is no credible evidence connected to a threat of violence at the high school.

On Thursday, the police department investigated an alleged threat involving a student bringing a gun to school.  There was also an increased police presence at the school following that threat.

In a statement from Lockport Police released around 10:00 a.m., police say they found no credible evidence of pending violence, and that police officers were on-hand at the school Thursday to assure students and parents there was nothing to worry about.  The statement from Police Chief Michael Niethe went on to say that police worked with the district to investigate the report, and he strongly discouraged residents from "posting rumors on social media that continue to cause alarm and anxiety in the community."

7 Eyewitness News began looking into the threat after a concerned parent of an Lockport High School student called the newsroom. 

The Lockport School District released a statement Thursday which said, "The Lockport Police Department and the Lockport City School District are working together to investigate reports of a possible threat at Lockport High School."  The statement went on to say, "Care and caution should be taken to avoid promulgation of rumors on social media."

Right now it is not clear how the threat was made, whether by phone, social media or other means.

The district is asking anyone with "concerning information" to contact the Lockport Police Department first, and the Lockport City School District second.  The district also said matters regarding students are confidential.

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