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May 21, 2013

Classes resume after threats at schools

School was opened on schedule at two area schools where Internet threats caused lockdowns Friday afternoon, two superintendents said Monday as the investigations continued.

At Walton Central School, there was additional police presence at Townsend and O’Neill High School following unsubstantiated Facebook threats, Interim Superintendent George Mack said.

“We seem to be progressing,” back toward normalcy, he said. He expressed appreciation for the efforts of Walton police, who have been assisted by other agencies, including Delaware deputies and Department of Environmental Protection police, and said he hadn’t heard of any requests for counseling.

At Delaware Academy Central School, a general threat against the school on an Internet message board led to the lockdown and the postponement of prom until June 1.

On Monday, there was a police presence to provide “a level of comfort,” Superintendent Jason Thomson said.

“It’s business as usual,” though with some students upset over the threat, counselors were available, he said.

With the work of Delhi police and other agencies, he was hopeful whoever was responsible will be caught and held accountable. He said he was also pleased with the response of administrators and support staff.

“This is why we practice drills,” he said. “The community has been very supportive.”

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