May 30, 2013- Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of a threat of harm that was allegedly made regarding the students and staff at the Kaegebein Elementary School, in the Town of Grand Island.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified by school officials at 9:50 AM this morning, reporting that they had been contacted by the parent of a student in the school, who informed the officials that her child had overheard talk among other students of a threat to the safety of the students and the school. The school officials immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office, and then initiated their “Shelter in Place” protocol.
An investigation was started, to determine the credibility and the source of the threat. Although the investigation is continuing, all indications are that the threat was actually talk among the students that may have grown as it was spread. Nothing has been found to suggest that any of the students, teachers or staff were at any time in danger.
It must be added that the actions taken by the school officials were prompt and very appropriate, with student safety being the highest priority. In addition, the teachers and staff were extremely professional, and cooperative with personnel from the Sheriff’s Office throughout the incident.
The investigation is being coordinated by Senior Detective James Hatch and Detective Daniel Brinkerhoff.
Sheriff’s personnel were assisted at the scene by members of the New York State Police.