Penfield School District officials send letter home about school threats using Snapchat

Updated: 12/04/2013 5:08 PM
Created: 12/04/2013 2:35 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

A local school district is dealing with a series of ongoing, anonymous threats and they're being sent  through an app that could be on your child's smartphone. 

Students at Bay Trail Middle School in Penfield started getting the threats last week. The district says they continued over the Thanksgiving break and so it released a letter to parents outlining the threats. 

Officials say whoever is making these threats is sending them via Snapchat. Snapchat is a social media app that sends messages, pictures and video to other phones, but they only last between one to ten seconds and then they're gone. 

The district says the threats started coming on November 26 to several students at Bay Trail. The district says then the threats continued over Thanksgiving. Now the sheriff's office is investigating and the district started part of its security protocol.  

News10NBC talked to several parents who said they're concerned. Two parents even kept their kids home. 

Part of the difficulty is the way the person or people are sending the threats. News10NBC talked with social media expert Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College. 

Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College, said, “We've hijacked every technology along the way so, in a case like this, we see the technology being hijacked and used for evil and really disrupting what goes on in our lives.”

News10NBC  wanted to talk to the district and the sheriff's office on camera, but they didn't want to. 

To read the letter, click here. 


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