A student from Unatego Central School District has been arrested in connection with an alleged bomb threat Tuesday at the DCMO BOCES campus between Masonville and Trout Creek, Delaware County deputies said Thursday.
And in Oneonta, a student was suspended from school Tuesday after an alleged threatening remark, city police said.
In both incidents, reported threats were investigated and deemed noncredible, law enforcement officials said.
Delaware deputies said a 16-year-old male student was charged Wednesday with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class E felony. The student, whose name was withheld by deputies, was arraigned in Meredith Town Court on Wednesday night and released on recognizance, pending re-appearance in that court, according to a media release.
The student was charged after an incident Tuesday at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services' Harrold campus, where a Delaware County Sheriff's Office school resource officer was told that a threatening note, indicating the presence of a bomb, was discovered within a classroom shortly before afternoon dismissal. The campus immediately was evacuated and students were transported to their home schools, the release said.
Deputies and state police, including Loc, a dog trained to detect bombs, investigated and determined no explosive devices were on campus.
On Thursday, Oneonta Police Chief Douglas Brenner said Tom Brindley, Oneonta High School principal, called Tuesday to say that a 14-year-old student had been connected to a reported threat and picked up by his parents.
Police investigated and determined there was no need for a lock-down at the school and that the threat wasn't credible, Brenner said. The alleged threat was an “off-comment” by the student about how he was perceived by peers and not a direct threat, the chief said.
Brenner said the school suspended the student, who wasn't charged by police. However, police followed up and spoke with the student Wednesday about the situation.
“The student seems to understand the gravity of the situation,” Brenner said.
Oneonta police recently established patrols at the high school at student arrival and dismissal times, according to Brenner, who said that the practice will continue.