All North Colonie schools given all clear after ‘suspicious package’ found at Shaker High School

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A police investigation into a suspicious package found at Shaker High School caused a two-hour delay at all North Colonie Central schools Monday morning.

By noon on Monday, the scene at Shaker High School had returned to business as usual, but earlier in the morning things were significantly tenser.

Superintendent Joe Corr said he has never seen a situation like the one that unfolded Monday morning.

Superintendent Corr said the package was found around 6 a.m. by the front doors of the school by a custodian making his normal morning rounds.

The custodian called Colonie Police who agreed the package was strange.

Out of an abundance of caution, Colonie PD called in the State Police bomb squad. State Police then determined the package was not harmful.

“The school was swept in its entirety with the police dogs from those agencies,”

Police are releasing very little information on the shape, size, and contents of the package. They say the package is currently under forensic investigation by State Police.

Six local K-9 units were called in for a thorough sweep of both the Junior and Senior Shaker high schools.

During the search students and staff were re-directed to the Our Lady of Assumption Church down the road.

Cop cars and K-9 units have been replaced by big yellow buses dropping students off in front of the high school, but Superintendent Corr says officials are not letting the incident slide.

“This was completely unacceptable. It will not be tolerated. It disrupted the day for students,” said Corr. “If this person is identified and caught, that person will be prosecuted

The superintendent tells NEWS10 ABC authorities are reviewing footage from the school surveillance video of someone getting out of their car and dropping off the package around 6:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Police are looking for additional video footage or information that can lead them to the person who left the package.

Authorities say there has not been a specific threat linked to the package.

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