Threatening voicemail, later determined not credible, triggers evacuation at Wayne Central High

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WAYNE COUNTY, N.Y. — Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Ontario County Sheriff and New York State Police, spent the day investigating a threat at Wayne Central High School on Tuesday. Officials said the threat was not credible.

The district said a staff member at the high school received a threatening phone message to their voicemail. The district said it was vague, but severe enough to warrant an evacuation.

Patrol cars and nitrate K9’s responded for a few hours, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., while students at the High School were evacuated and brought next door to the middle school. Students were brought via buses, and held in place while officials investigated.

Parents tell us they were startled to hear their kids had to pause their day to evacuate in bitter cold temperatures.

The district released updates to parents throughout the day, using Parent Square. The investigation wrapped up once officials learned there was no threat.

News10NBC spoke with a mother of three in the district, Jessica Hartnagel. She said she was communicating with her 11th grader via text during the hold-in-place.

“She was scared, she goes mom, I’m shaking right now,” said Hartnagel. “She goes, ‘I don’t know what’s going on, we got told it was a bomb threat.’”

Hartnagel said she wishes the district communicated more details about the threat earlier on.

“I understand they don’t want to sit there and tell all the parents exactly what was happening, they don’t want the parents to rush to the school, but then again, us parents want to know, you know, what is going on,” she said. “We want to make sure it wasn’t something that happened inside the school that put their lives in danger.”