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St. Lawrence Central School checks backpacks after threat

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BRASHER FALLS — Students at St. Lawrence Central middle and high schools had their backpacks inspected when they arrived at school Monday after the district received a threat of violence over the weekend.

But high school Principal Lisa L. Grenville said nothing was found, and classes went on as scheduled.

Ms. Grenville said the district received the threat Sunday. She was notified by Superintendent Stephen M. Putman, who was out of the district.

“We had learned that there was a potential for a violent situation at our school. Information came from my superintendent, who found out about it yesterday. We exercised all precautions,” Ms. Grenville said Monday.

She said officials contacted state police, and administrators and teachers also checked backpacks before middle and high school students went to their classes Monday. Three administrators and several teachers monitored three tables set up for the backpacks.

“We checked students’ bags prior to them proceeding to class. We felt that we wanted to be very vigilant,” Ms. Grenville said. “We had the troopers present and administrators checked students’ bags. Students then proceeded to class. Nothing happened.”

She said the district already had a plan in place to deal with such situations.

“We had an action plan of how to proceed set up well in advance,” she said. “We set up a plan to be super-vigilant and make sure everyone was safe. Everything turned out really well. The students didn’t miss much class time.”

Administrators asked teachers and staff members to be watchful after students went to their classes, Ms. Grenville said.

“I just asked the staff if they heard anything out of the ordinary, or had any students who were looking nervous, to notify administration,” she said.

The day was abbreviated once classes started — middle and high school students were dismissed at 1 p.m. and elementary pupils at 2 p.m. because of Hurricane Sandy.

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