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2018-03-13 / Police

BOCES Masonville Campus Evacuated After Bomb Threat Note Discovered

By Lillian Browne

MASONVILLE - The DCMO BOCES Masonville campus was evacuated on Tuesday, March 6, immediately prior to school dismissal, after a “concerning” note was discovered, according to BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Michael MacDonald.

Students were evacuated without delay, MacDonald said, as the timing of the discovery of the note coincided with scheduled dismissal.

Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond confirmed that a threatening note was found in a boys’ bathroom, though no specifics were contained in the note.

DuMond stated that he did not feel there was an imminent threat to the school or the student body. However, he said, New York State Police bomb sniffing canines were called to the campus.

Late Tuesday, Interim Director Career and Technical Education Steve Perrin and Director Special Education Patti Gallaher posted a letter to parents on the BOCES website stating:

“At approximately 1:30 p.m., the DCMO BOCES Harrold Campus in Masonville was evacuated. A note was found indicating a bomb threat to the building. Our Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy SRO was on campus and New York State Police were contacted and responded immediately. Students and staff were evacuated per procedure and students were dismissed to their district transportation. Following the search, the building was declared safe at 4 p.m.

The administration of DCMO BOCES and local law enforcement agencies are taking this event very seriously. If anyone has information regarding the person responsible for leaving the note, please contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s tip line at 607- 832-5555 extension 0.

School has returned to normal operation. Counselors and administrative staff will be available to assist students who wish to talk about their concerns or fears regarding this issue. Your children’s safety is our primary concern. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns: 607-865-2547.”

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