HUDSON — School administrators ordered students and staff at Hudson Junior/Senior High School to shelter in place Wednesday afternoon after officials received an unspecified threat, police said.
The school, at 215 Harry Howard Ave., moved into shelter-in-place at around 1:25 p.m., or asked all students, faculty and staff to find and stay in a safe place until authorities give the go-ahead for safety, or tell them to evacuate.
“We are continuing to investigate the incident, which involved an unspecified threat, on school property,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said Thursday.
Multiple police departments responded to the school after being contacted by school officials about the unspecified threat.
The district sent a letter to parents and staff about the incident Wednesday and posted the letter on the Town of Hudson School District’s Facebook page.
“While we believe the threat is unfounded and our school community is not in danger, we are actively working with law enforcement to investigate the situation,” the notice said.
Hudson police, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and state police worked together to investigate the incident, which is ongoing, Moore said.
The Hudson Fire Department and Greenport Rescue Squad were staged next to the school at the Hudson Elks Lodge as a precaution.
The shelter-in-place order was immediately enacted to keep hallways safe and clear while school officials worked with the school resource officer to investigate the incident.
Police determined the threat was likely not credible after speaking with students and searching several areas of the school and some student property, school officials said.
Police remained at the school until around 3:30 p.m.
School officials have warned parents that some students have arrived home later than usual due to the investigation.
The students were released through a structured and supervised dismissal while the investigation continued, taking longer and causing a delay in bus drop-off times for all grades, school officials said.
All extracurricular activities were canceled on Wednesday due to several inches of snow falling throughout the day.
“Threats to our school community, no matter how vague, will be taken very seriously and will be investigated,” according to the district notice. “Students who are determined to make such threats, even in jest, face consequences through our school’s code of conduct as well as potential legal consequences.”
Parents or guardians of students with questions or information are asked to contact Principal Robert LaCasse at [email protected] or 518-828-4360 ext. 3100.
“Know that ensuring a safe school environment is and always will be our top priority,” according to the district statement.