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Social media threat directed at Hamburg school

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Police in the Village of Hamburg are investigating a social media threat that appeared Thursday night and was directed at Hamburg High School.   

Hamburg Central Schools Superintendent Michael Cornell tells WBFO News a student posted a threat directed at the high school on 'one of the social media accounts.

"Literary within minutes, the student responsible was identified, the police were called. At this point, the school district is assisting the Hamburg Village Police Department in their active investigation into the incident. We're conducting our own," explained Cornell.  "The thing that is most important for people to know is that our students, their families, our staff need to know that Hamburg High School is safe for learning and work today as it is every other day."

But Cornell could not give details of the threat.

"At this point, it wouldn't be appropriate for me to characterize the level of the threat. It is the subject of an on-going, active police investigation," responded Cornell. 

The District is conducting its own student disciplinary investigation. However, Cornell could not say what type of discipline the student will receive.

"Too soon to say," replied Cornell.  But he did state as a school, the threat is taken "very seriously".

Police were in and outside the school Wednesday morning as part of their investigation.

"They were here this morning," explained Cornell.  "The message to the teachers this morning the school was safe. The police were here very early. Since the first period bell, we have not had police in the building."

Anyone who believes they have information regarding this incident should contact the Hamburg Village Police at 649-9300.

"That we don't believe there is a presence threat to the school our students," remarked Cornell. "Our attendance rate today is almost 95-percent. The students of the high school voted with their feet today and came to school."