Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Scary situation avoided in Saranac

Law enforcement and school officials say a student has been expelled from an area high school after it was revealed she planning an attack at the school.

Plattsburgh-based state police received reports of a potential threat at the Saranac High School last Thursday.

Troopers say the school has a resource officer who launched an immediate investigation while school officials – quote – “simultaneously took proactive measures to assure the safety of the students and the faculty.”

According to school officials, the juvenile student made remarks to other students referring to an attack she was planning. A subsequent investigation revealed the student did make comments referring to an attack – but the plan was never put in motion.

In a release issued by state police Tuesday, it’s stated the student did no possess any weapons or have access to them.

Some reports say the student had established a “hit list” – although officials say the investigation has not turned up such a list.

“At no time during this incident was anyone in any danger, nor was anyone put in harm’s way,” the police report reads.

Police say the girl is currently being held in the mental health unit at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. She has been expelled from the school.

The investigation is considered ongoing.

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