state police on high alert
State officials are on high alert due to multiple threats of violence being made at educational institutions across New York State, the Hudson Valley Post reports.
Such threats have increased due to the ongoing war between Hamas and Israel, and now threats of weapons in schools have been added to all the existing unrest.
New York State Police are investigating, and Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed that more than 10 school districts across the state have received disturbing threats. Threats of school takeovers are being made in Western New York, Capital Region, Central New York, Long Island, Southern Tier and North Country.
What is considered a weapon threat?
According to the FBI, a threat occurs when someone calls 911 and feigns an emergency that requires a law enforcement response, typically a SWAT team. The purpose of the threat is to create panic and frighten students, families and teachers.
According to Hokul, all the threats turned out to be false, and the children of New York were not in danger.
More than ten school districts around the state received disturbing “swatting” threats today. These threats are false & I want to reassure parents that their children are safe.
We are monitoring this situation closely & @nyspolice is working with local and federal partners.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 18, 2023
“I want to reassure parents that their children are safe at school – the threats are false and intended to cause panic and frighten students, teachers and families,” Hochul said in a statement. New York State Police are investigating after nearly a dozen threats at schools.
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“I have directed the New York State Police to investigate these threats and work closely with all levels of law enforcement to identify those responsible, bring them to justice, and restore the sense of safety and security our children deserve. The New York State Intelligence Center is monitoring the situation, and State Police stand ready to provide support and resources to address credible threats. My top priority will always be the safety of New Yorkers,” Hochul said.