Editor's Note: This article has been updated with the message sent by the school superintendent to Nanuet residents and attendance details.
The threat of a bomb explosion at Nanuet Senior High School
passed Monday morning without incident. Emptier than usual parking lots
indicated fewer students in classes and possibly staff also. Clarkstown police
had a visible presence with at least four marked and unmarked vehicles parked
in front of the school and one uniformed officer standing outside.
A handwritten note scrawled on the wall of a boys’ first floor bathroom found last Wednesday warned of a bomb explosion today during the third period class which started at 8:55 a.m. and ended at 9:36 a.m.
“(The) Police presence is diminishing,” said district spokeswoman Kathleen Maier shortly after 10 a.m.
The district reported about 12 percent of the students were absent from the high school and 10 percent of the students were absent from Miller and Highview elementary schools and Barr Middle School.
School Superintendent Mark McNeill is expected to release a statement later today.
This is the text of the superintendent's message.
We would like to update you on the message found on the boys’ bathroom wall last week. While we never believed this to be a credible threat, we followed our procedure of immediately notifying the Clarkstown Police Department prior to commencing our investigation.
This morning, in conjunction with the police, we checked the High School prior to student arrival and during the morning classes. In order to address concerns of students, parents and staff, we also checked all of the other schools. As expected, the message turned out to be a hoax. The investigation as to who is behind this is ongoing, both at the school and through the Clarkstown Police Department.
The Nanuet School District remains committed to the safety of students and staff. We will update you further if warranted. However, as with all student discipline matters specific information must remain confidential.Mark S. McNeill
Superintendent of Schools
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