Report by Paula Antolini
February 28, 2018 2:13PM EDT
BREAKING NEWS / POUGHKEEPSIE NY
Social Media Threat of a School Shooting Closes Poughkeepsie Schools
Five hours ago the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department (CPPD) tweeted, “CPPD is investigating a social media threat made against the PCSD and threats against named individuals. The investigation is active and we are collaborating with our Law Enforcement partners.”
Today the Poughkeepsie, NY schools are closed due to a social media post threatening a school shooting.
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“The threat posted on Snapchat included a list of names and photo of guns with a message that no one is safe. However, the image of the handguns appears to be the same as a photo in an article about the best handguns for beginners on a website,” The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
The school superintendent sent a message to staff members and families and also posted it on their website:
A Message from the Superintendent:
Dear Poughkeepsie City School District Staff Members and Families:
The Poughkeepsie City School District is aware of a recent social media post regarding the threat of a school shooting at Poughkeepsie High School. Please be assured every threat is taken seriously. Immediate action has been taken. We are working closely with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the FBI. The appropriate authorities are actively investigating this issue with the highest priority. The safety of our staff and students is our number one priority.
Out of an abundance of caution, please be advised, the Poughkeepsie City School District will be closed on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.