COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Central School issued a statement at 12:57 p.m. today alerting the community to “a non-specific threat of possible physical harm” directed against the CCS administration on yesterday.
“The safety of our students and staff is our paramount concern at Cooperstown Central School District,” Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw said in the statement. “I write to inform you of a situation that we are currently addressing with local law enforcement.
The county sheriff’s department was notified and the threat is under investigation, the statement said.
“We have a strong emergency management plan to deal with these types of issues,” Crankshaw continued. “Whenever we receive information of a threatening nature, we will treat that information seriously and respond with an appropriate level of action to ensure the highest level of safety and security for students and staff.”
The school asked for “a law enforcement presence” today and Friday, “to increase our levels of supervision and surveillance around the campus during regular operations of the school day.
“Additionally, as the district maintains a strict entrance policy for students, staff and visitors during the school day, tighter entry protocols have been made to all buildings on the campus,” the statement said.
“These steps are precautionary and we do not believe there is any immediate threat to students or staff,” Crankshaw concluded.
Any questions should be directed to the superintendent’s office at 547-5364.