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it's good to see local police and a school superintendent using common sense to assess school threats, as they did recently in Glens Falls. Publicity of horrific mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla. has made it difficult for school officials to do anything but react in an extreme way when they are made aware of a threat, however unsupported by reality the threat may be.

In this case, however, local officers investigated and discovered the "threat" was actually a misunderstanding facilitated by social media, which was accurately compared to the old game of "telephone," in which a phrase is repeated in a whisper and passed through a group of people that way, inevitably leading to distortions by the time it reaches the last person. 

In the past, we've seen overreactions to this sort of thing. Ambiguous messages scrawled on a bathroom wall have led to felony charges against students — a ridiculous and damaging overreaction in the absence of a credible threat.

In this case, we saw officers assess the credibility of the threat, as they should, and determine there was nothing to it. Superintendent Paul Jenkins said he wasn't concerned and school would go ahead as usual. The system worked.

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Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at will@poststar.com and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at

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