Campbell-Savona school: Students disciplined for potential threat

John Zick

Two Campbell-Savona Junior Senior High School students were disciplined and the campus was locked down Friday, Dec. 16, after a potential threat against the school was reported to administrators.

An investigation by Painted Post-based state police turned up no evidence of an imminent threat, and criminal charges against the students – two freshmen girls – were not expected.

“You know how some things get blown out of proportion through the rumor mill, but we had enough information that we decided to call the troopers in and have them investigate,h said Tim Allard, the assistant superintendent of the Campbell-Savona Central School District.

Other students came forward to inform staff of the threat, Allard said.

At first, the rumor involved arson, then evolved into a gun threat, Allard said. The potential threat was reported Thursday, Dec. 15 and indicated a possible act Friday.

Along with the police investigation, the school was locked down Friday.

The measures included teachers locking their doors during classes, teachers monitoring the hallways, staff patrolling the building and the closing of all but one entrance to the school.

The motive for the threat wasn’t clear, and Allard declined to detail the discipline imposed on the girls.

“Everybody did a great job, students were very cooperative, staff was very helpful, and I think everybody felt safe during the day,” Allard said.