GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Middle School officials are alerting parents to an incident that occurred in which students received unsolicited friend requests on the SnapChat app.
At about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, several eighth-graders received alerts on their phones that a user named “HippieSquirrel” had added them as friends on the social media app. They did not recognize the user and alerted adults. One student began a video chat with the user to try to determine his identity, according to a school Facebook post.
Principal Kristy Moore called police and put the building into shelter-in-place mode. Glens Falls Police sent an officer to the school and Crandall Public Library, where the user told the student he was located. Officers detained and questioned the 32-year-old man. No arrest was made because the incident, while unsettling, was not illegal. The shelter-in-place was lifted at 12:45 p.m.
School officials are commending students for alerting adults right away and asking parents to talk with their children about the importance of social media safety and recommending that, if the child has SnapChat, review their contacts and remove anyone who is not a known friend.