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St. Lawrence Central checks backpacks after threat

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BRASHER FALLS - Students at St. Lawrence Central middle and high schools had their backpacks inspected when they arrived at school Monday after the district received a threat of violence.

But, high school Principal Lisa L. Grenville said, nothing was found and classes went on as scheduled.

She said she was notified about the threat by Superintendent Stephen M. Putman, who was out of the district.

“We had learned that there was a potential for a violent situation at our school. Information came from my superintendent. We exercised all precautions,” Ms. Grenville said Monday.

She said they contacted the New York State Police, and administrators and teachers also took part in checking backpacks before middle and high school students went to their classes Monday. Three tables were set up that were monitored by three administrators and several teachers.

“We checked students’ bags prior to them proceeding to class. We felt that we wanted to be very vigilant. We had the troopers present and administrators checked students’ bags. Students then proceeded to class. Nothing happened,” Ms. Grenville said.

She said the district already had a plan in place to deal with situations like that.

“We had an action plan of how to proceed set up well in advance. We set up a plan to be super-vigilant and make sure everyone was safe. Everything turned out really well. The students didn’t miss much class time,” Ms. Grenville said.

Teachers and staff were asked to be vigilant after students went to their classes, according to the principal.

“I just asked the staff if they heard anything out of the ordinary or had any students who were looking nervous to notify administration,” she said.

The day was an abbreviated one for students following once they got to their classes. St. Lawrence Central dismissed its middle and high school students at 1 p.m. and its elementary students at 2 p.m. because of Hurricane Sandy.

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