WATERVLIET, N.Y. – Watervliet Central School District officials posted a “Thank You” to authorities to their Facebook page on Tuesday morning.
The post thanks Chief Boisvert, Sgt Spain, the Watervliet Police Department and Fire Chief Skinner and the Watervliet Fire Department for their help on Monday after two bomb threats directed towards Watervliet JSHS were called in.
The first threat was phoned in on Sunday night to the police department. Authorities were at the school until after midnight on Monday to ensure the school was safe. It was determined that students would be safe and school continued with extra security in place.
The second bomb threat happened on Monday morning, shortly after school began. All students were evacuated to the Dome and school was dismissed for the rest of the day.
The building was searched again by K-9 resources and cleared as safe. The second threat was also deemed “not credible.”
The Watervliet Police Chief said the calls were nothing more than pranks where the ultimate goal was to have the SWAT Team called in.
The Facebook post stated:
“Thank you to Chief Boisvert, Sgt Spain, the entire WPD as well as Chief Skinner and the WFD for all of their assistance in assuring our students were safely evacuated during yesterday's incident. The teachers, staff, and administrators of the WJSHS were instrumental in keeping students safe, calm, and orderly. Lastly, I want to thank all of the parents/guardians who were patient, and understanding as the day unfolded. Your children's safety is our #1 priority and we take this very seriously. The WJSHS became a crime scene once the WPD received the threat and the District worked collaboratively w/ the WPD to ensure all students/adults remained safe at all times. Again, thank you for entrusting us with your children. Sincerely, Dr. Caplan”