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Extra security precautions taken for Cobleskill Middle School Field Day

Posted: Updated: Jun 24, 2014 11:49 AM
COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Officials say Cobleskill middle school will have extra security and police on campus, as well as teachers closely supervising all activities at Tuesday’s Field Day event.

Last Thursday, two students brought a piece of paper into the Golding Middle School Principal’s Office, according to Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District Superintendent Lynn Macan. It was titled “Hit List,” and included the names of 25 Eighth graders in the school and threats against them.

The list said the threats would come at the school’s Field Day event.

School administrator’s immediately contacted parents of the children on the list, as well as conducting interviews to find out who is responsible.

The district says they will continue to keep a close eye on school cameras and a well as having police presence on Tuesday.

"We continue to monitor the safety of our students, if we had specific information that indicated to us that our student weren’t' safe we would cancel that event,” said Macan.

According to the superintendent, the district had been investigating rumors of a similar list involving Sixth graders two weeks ago. However, it is unclear if the two incidents are related.

The school had to cancel a dance on Friday after many parent complaints.  

Angela Santos, a parent of one of the children named on the list says she felt uneasy sending her three kids to school on Tuesday despite the promise of extra security.

The district says it is working with police to investigate the situation, but that so far they have not been able to locate the person responsible.

The Cobleskill Police Chief Rich Bialkowski says his department will continue to interview students and make sweeps of the school to help keep them safe.

The district is encouraging parents to speak to their children, and to contact the police department with any information on the list.

Wednesday marks the last day of school for students. The district says they're continuing to work closely with police as this is still an ongoing investigation. 

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