Albany County schools respond to rumors

Multiple districts report fears of incident on Dec. 21 unwarranted

— “We feel that there is no credible threat at this time,” said School Resource Officer and Bethlehem Police Officer David Harrington in a statement. Local police vowed to add a presence at schools as well, while Superintendent Tom Douglas said “students should not spread these rumors among their peers and should definitely bring them to our attention.”

On Wednesday morning, North Colonie Superintendent Joseph Corr said a teacher discovered graffiti of a “threatening nature” on the back of a girls’ bathroom door in Shaker High School. The teacher immediately reported the graffiti to the principal. The Colonie Police Department deemed the threat “generic and unspecified,” though according to the statement, police conducted a sweep of the building determining it was safe.

The districts strongly urge parents to discuss with their children the need to “responsibly inform” school personnel of safety concerns as the act of repeating rumors is causing unwarranted anxiety.

For further questions or information regarding the North Colonie School District, you can contact Corr at 785-8591, ext. 3117, or Shaker High School Principal Richard Murphy at 785-5511, ext. 3360.

Concerned parents of Bethlehem students are to contact Dr. Douglas at tdouglas@bcsd.neric.org, high school principal Scott Landry at landshs@bcsd.neric.org or Officer David Harrington at dharrington@bcsd.neric.org.

Parents of RCS student with questions can contact Dr. McCartney at amccartney@rcscsd.org or by calling 756-5200.

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