Hudson Valley School District Closes All Schools Due to Shooting Threat
Update Below: All schools in the Poughkeepsie City School District are closed for a second straight day.
Two weeks after the tragedy in Florida, one of the biggest school districts in the Hudson Valley closed all of its schools today following a very scary school shooting threat.
The threat was posted to social media and threatened students at Poughkeepsie High School with a photo that displayed five guns.
"Poughkeepsie high school students take your pick cause I'm coming for you on Thursday March 1st! I'm sick and tired of all the bullies in our school so I'm finally putting an end to all of it In my opinion everyone in this school will be dead," the post read. "No one is safe so watch your back haha I'm coming and if you hide I'll find you."
The threat also included what appears to be a kill list.
The threat was shared on Facebook by Melissa Whitaker who hoped she could alert local officials and authorities. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro commented in the post and said he sent "the posts to law enforcement."
Shortly after the Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent announced the entire Poughkeepsie City School District would be closed on Wednesday out of "an abundance of caution."
"The Poughkeepsie City School District is aware of a recent social media post regarding the threat of a school shooting at Poughkeepsie High School," Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Nicolé Williams said. "Please be assured every threat is taken seriously. Immediate action has been taken. We are working closely with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the FBI. The appropriate authorities are actively investigating this issue with the highest priority. The safety of our staff and students is our number one priority."
Update: Schools in Poughkeepsie will be closed for a second straight day today as authorities investigate the threat.
"The Poughkeepsie City School District’s focus is on the safety of our students and staff. Please be assured that every threat is taken seriously until law enforcement informs us otherwise," Williams wrote in an updated message on the school district's website. "We are working closely with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the FBI, as they are the authorities continuing to investigate the recent social media post regarding the threat of a school shooting at Poughkeepsie High School."
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