April 27, 2018 08:40 AM
Deputies are investigating an anonymous threat found inside a bathroom the Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.
On Wednesday, deputies received information about a threat written in a boy's bathroom at the school. The threat indicated a school shooting could take place on Friday, April 27.
School officials and deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference on Thursday, saying they take all threats seriously and that they are tracking leads, although they would not elaborate. (Watch the full news conference below).
The district will be taking precautions on Friday, including placing all buildings on lockout during the day, posting more deputies at the high school and district buildings, and restricting entry to the high school. In addition, the district has high-tech security cameras that officials say will allow them to pinpoint who was going in and out of that specific bathroom before the threat was discovered.
Still, in 2018 both the school district and law enforcement say all threats have to be taken seriously.
"It's no different than any other day," says Captain Paul Delella of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, "because this is a generic threat so we have to be prepared for anything, and that's what the deputies are prepared for."
"We're out here in the country, so students have access to firearms here, it's not unusual or something we don't celebrate, it's just part of life here," says HFL Central School District Superintendent Gene Mancuso, "But that said, it means that we have to take this threat absolutely serious."
School leaders say the threat of gun violence is subject to expulsion and is also a felony, so it's not being taken lightly.
Anyone with more information about this threat is asked to call the HF-L District Office at 585-624-7000.
Watch Thursday's news conference in its entirety below:
Updated: April 27, 2018 08:40 AM
Created: April 26, 2018 10:31 AM
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