Local schools step up security on one-week anniversary of Newtown shootings
JOHNSTOWN Schools in the region, including Johnstown city schools and Broadalbin-Perth central schools, have stepped up security today by placing law enforcement officials on their premises, purely as precautionary measures, officials said.
Robert DeLilli, superintendent of the Johnstown City School District, said the district is reacting to threats of violence at high school. He added there have been no acts of violence.
Tensions are high in the wake of 26 people being shot to death last week inside an elementary school in Connecticut.
"The police presence is a precaution as it is in nearly school district in country. We had rumors of violent action that could be taken, but it is not credible," DeLilli said.
The talk of threats to schools has moved through the area this week, fueled by social media networks, officials said. "Things are being brought to administrators' attention and are being investigation and through use of social media, it has gotten to a frenzy," DeLilli said.
Broadalbin-Perth added police officers today and Thursday after a rumor circulated the high school would be subject to a bomb threat. The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District moved quickly Wednesday to quash a rumor the high school would be subject to a bomb threat Friday.
Broadalbin-Perth school Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said the threat proved to be without merit. Still, the district placed a law enforcement officer in the high school as a precautionary measure.