Police: Shelter lifted for Tamarac High School after social media threat, no one in danger

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say on Thursday officials responded to the Brittonkill Central School District’s High School to investigate a social media incident which was reported and found to be a non-threatening situation.

At approximately 9:04 a.m. police say they received a report of a possible incident within the school. That’s when State Police from the Brunswick station responded. A student connected to the alleged incident was located and interviewed regarding the report.

It was determined that the student had posed a personal finality question on social media regarding himself and what impact that would have for others missing him. No direct threats or harm were made to any other individual, the school population, or mention of a weapon was made.


“One of the things that we’re learning now is that immediate communication is better than waiting. People are scared. It’s completely understandable. One of our challenges is when people call into the school it makes it difficult to call back out and receive some of those emergency communications with people but we find that the robo call was very effective in this particular case,” said Dr. Angelina Maloney, Superintendent of Schools.

The student’s name is not being released and no criminal charges were filed.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District

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This morning at approximately 7:50 a.m. a student at Tamarac Secondary School reported to administrators a possible threat that was posted on social media. Administrators immediately contacted State Police and activated its safety procedures and went into shelter in place. State Police are investigating and there is no imminent threat to students or staff. As always the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We expect the shelter in place to be lifted shortly and classes will resume to normal schedule.

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