COEYMANS, N.Y. - Police in the town of Coeymans say patrol officers will be present at the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School this week, in wake of the tragic incident in Newtown.
The Coeymans Police Department and RCS School administrators having been working together to address the issues of concern to both the school and community.
Due to the heightened concern of many parents and students at RCS, the police and Principal Brian Bailey say they are placing a uniform officer on the high school campus this week prior to Christmas break.
Two weeks ago, police were contacted by Bailey after a rumor surfaced a student was going to bring a gun to school on December 21st. Officials looked into the threat and determined it was a case of mistaken information and was not a viable threat.
Police say the rumor started when two students were overheard discussing Second Amendment rights and gun ownership. The conversation spread throughout the school and became distorted, turning into the rumor a student was bringing a gun to school on the 21st, the day that the Mayans have predicted the world will end.
In another incident on Dec. 12th, police were called to the school again, after a report surfaced that a student was talking about bringing a gun to school. After interviewing the student police did not feel that there was an immediate threat, but felt that an evaluation of the student was appropriate. The evaluation did not indicate any problems.
Superintendent Dr. Alan McCartney and Coeymans Chief of Police Gregory Darlington made themselves available prior to the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night at the High School to address the concerns of parents and community members regarding school safety at RCS.
Police and school officials wanted to assure parents, students and the public that all threats of violence are taken seriously and are fully investigated and reviewed.