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January 25, 2013

Guns seized after Afton school threat

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday that three rifles were seized from the home of an Afton youth after local school administrators learned he had made threatening statements.

The weapons were seized Wednesday night after an administrator contacted the sheriff’s department at about 7:30 p.m., said Lt. Richard Cobb of the sheriff’s department.

Cobb said that because of privacy laws he could not release any information about the student or discuss whether he may face any charges. He also declined to discuss the specific alleged threats.

The lieutenant did acknowledge that the weapons were never brought inside the school.

Cobb also said investigators are probing vandalism to a door at the school on Wednesday, but would not say whether the two incidents are related.

The sheriff’s department, in a posting on its Facebook page, stated: “The safety and security of the schools in Chenango County are of utmost importance to the Sheriff’s Office; therefore, we ask that any suspected violence or possible threats to a school, its students or staff be reported immediately to Law Enforcement for a thorough investigation.”

Afton School District Superintendent Elizabeth Briggs would only say that the youth will face “appropriate measures.”

She would not elaborate on the discipline.

Briggs also confirmed that a letter was being prepared by the district to apprise parents of the incident.

Cobb praised school administrators for quickly relaying information to police about the alleged threat.

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