School gun threats continue in Hudson Valley schools this week
Mar 01, 2018 12:11 pm
There were more gun threats at local schools on Feb. 28. The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that Poughkeepsie schools were closed Feb. 28 and March 1 because of a social media threat. Beacon city schools were also investigating new possible threats on Feb. 28, while East Fishkill Police continue to investigate a reported threat from Feb. 26 in the Wappingers Central School District. The Daily Freeman reports that "a Saugerties High School senior and his father have been arrested on weapons charges after the teen, in social media postings, appeared to praise the Columbine High School killers," Feb. 28. These multiple incidents come after 17 students and teachers were killed at a Florida school Feb. 14. Beacon and Poughkeepsie schools also had unfounded threats that were investigated last week. The Berlin Central School District, in Rensselaer County, sheltered in place Feb. 27, and Cairo-Durham schools in Greene County were on a lockdown Feb. 27. A school in Saratoga County also had an incident this week, and there was a perceived threat in Columbia County two weeks ago. Students at Catskill High, Chatham High, and Saugerties High, among others in the Hudson Valley, are planning student protests in conjunction with the National School Walkout at 10 a.m. March 14. Saugerties school district trustees have planned a March 6 meeting to talk about community concerns about safety in schools.