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School principal under investigation for ammunition purchase


COHOES, N.Y. - The Cohoes High School principal is currently under investigation for allegedly purchasing 500 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition on school grounds.

Superintendent Robert Libby says Cohoes City School District and the Cohoes Police Department are investigating the alleged purchase by high school principal Joseph Rajczak in the parking lot of the school on May 1st.

There has been no allegation that any gun was brought onto school property or that the safety of students or staff was ever compromised, Libby says in a statement posted on the district's website.

The district reported the matter to the Cohoes Police Department, which has indicated it expects to complete its investigation by Tuesday, May 14 to determine if there was any criminality in the alleged sale.

"It appears to be student who had graduated that was working at a local sporting goods store," said Cohoes Police Chief Bill Heslin about the ammunition seller.

The purchase of ammunition on school grounds is a violation of the school's Code of Conduct.

"Harmful or potentially harmful items such as weapons, firearms, knives, explosive substances or devices, fireworks, etc., are prohibited on school property," says the schools Code of Conduct under Dangerous Items of Substances, page 28

"We've been in contact with the District Attorney's office and we are researching if there are any possible violations.  Again, if there's no criminal activity, it would be strictly handled by the school administration about what they would do," said Chief Heslin.

District administration is awaiting the findings of police and has sought legal counsel to determine what options can be considered pending the outcome of the investigation.

Parent Melissa Cora learned about the allegations Monday and says she now questions whether the school is safe for her son.

"I want to know how safe my school is.  Is my son safe enough to come to school even tomorrow?" said Cora.

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