An online threat levied towards the Onteora School District was deemed not credible but school officials will pursue charges against the student. Victoria McLaren, Superintendent of schools for the district released the information early Sunday.

The comments by the unnamed student were allegedly made on a private Facebook page. The Town of Saugerties Police conducted an investigation and determined the threat was not credible because there was neither actual intent or the means available to act upon the threats.

Despite the fact the threat was unlikely to be acted upon, charges have been filed and legal action is being pursued. Superintendent McLaren goes on to state that children must understand that there are consequences to their words and people must be held accountable. She also reminds parents and students alike to share potential threats with authorities if they feel unsafe.

I am entrusted with keeping your children safe, and I want to assure you that this responsibility is my ultimate priority and is at the very heart of all my decisions. Please reassure your children of my absolute commitment to their safety and security, a commitment that is shared by all of our faculty, staff, and administration.

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