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Police: Bomb threat made toward Yates Magnet Elementary School

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Schenectady Police tell NEWS10 ABC dispatch received a call from a young child on Sunday threatening to blow up the Yates Magnet Elementary School on Monday morning.

Lt. McCracken with Schenectady Police says 911 dispatchers received the call from a young child that sounded to be around 7 to 9-years-old saying that he was going to blow the school up.

Schenectady Police say the School District was notified on Monday morning about the bomb threat, at which time they decided to evacuate Yates Elementary Magnet School.

Schenectady Police conducted a search using K-9 units but did not find any evidence of a credible threat.

Police say the school was turned back over to the district shortly before 10 a.m. and students were able to go back into the school.

During the threat investigation students grades K through 6th were moved to a secret safe location. School Superintendent Larry Spring says some parents did come to that location to sign their children out for the remainder of the day.

Many parents wondered why the school was not notified on Sunday when the threat was made. NEWS10 spoke with Lt. McCracken, who responded saying: "I can tell you that there was a communication error, but as soon as I was aware of the situation this morning I contacted the school district. I have no further comment."

Schenectady Police say they are trying to identify the child that made the threat, as they do have the 911 call recording. The investigation is ongoing.

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