Campus closed while sheriff investigated
The Haldane campus was closed and the beginning of the school day delayed two hours on Friday (May 5) because of a threat, although the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department determined it was not credible.
“Out of an abundance of caution police personnel have facilitated a thorough sweep of our campus and additional law enforcement personnel will remain on campus throughout the day,” Superintendent Philip Benante said in an alert at 7:45 a.m.
An AP History exam scheduled for Friday was postponed to May 19.
Benante later said that the Sheriff’s Office had received a call early in the morning from “an individual who was concerned about the safety of our school. Out of an abundance of caution, the statements made by the caller were treated as a potential threat.”
He said “the Sheriff’s Office and local authorities conducted a thorough investigation of the individual, their statements, and all areas of our school buildings. This included having trained K-9s sweep all rooms on the campus. The Sheriff’s Office concluded that the caller’s concern was unfounded and that the campus was safe to resume normal operations.”
There has been an increase in prank calls to schools in recent months. On March 30, there were 36 “swatting” incidents across New York, in which calls were made alleging attacks, including at Putnam Valley, prompting a police response. That same week, schools in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts received threats.