KINGSBURY — More than a dozen police officers were on hand at Hudson Falls Middle School early Wednesday as police dealt with a comment posted on social media about a possible shooting at the school.
A student posted on social media late Tuesday that he “heard there was going to be another school shooting at Hudson Falls Middle School” and to alert police, as it was “not a joke.” There have been no prior shootings at the school.
Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said the student who posted the comment on the social media site Snapchat was identified and police were working to figure out if they had legitimately heard of a shooting plot or created the post to alarm others.
The sheriff said there was no indication of a shooting plot. The student goes to Hudson Falls Middle School.
Murphy was among the sheriff’s officers, State Police and Hudson Falls Police officers who had a heavy presence in and around the Notre Dame Street school campus on Wednesday morning.
He said investigators worked through the night to trace the post through social media and by interviewing students who shared it, and found a juvenile was responsible.
The student could face prosecution in Washington County Family Court if it is determined that they had ill intent.
Hudson Falls school Superintendent Linda Goewey said the students involved were not in school Wednesday and school disciplinary action will take place after the police investigation concludes.
“There are several students who we believe are responsible, and there will definitely be disciplinary action per our code of conduct,” she said. “We are certainly relieved we have the culprit.”
Social media is not the place to seek help or notify officials of a possible threat, the sheriff said.
“The proper course of action if you hear something like that is to contact school officials or notify police immediately,” Murphy said.
Morning attendance was noticeably light at the school early Wednesday, as parents apparently kept children home out of concerns.
Goewey praised the police and school administration response through the night to a comment that was first spotted around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The school district posted notices about the situation on its social media sites and will send letters home with students, she added.
School officials at the neighboring Fort Edward Union Free School also worked with Fort Edward Police to increase police presence at the school on Wednesday morning.