Officials in the Le Roy Central School District made the decision to close on Friday after receiving a tip on what the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office is calling a credible threat.
Deputies say the threat was made by a student on Snapchat, but police and school officials would not say exactly what was written. Once the superintendent found out about the threat through an anonymous safe school tip line call, which came in around 5:30 a.m. Friday, the decision was made to close all schools in the district and cancel all after-school activities.
Parents received a robocall about the closure Friday morning. Not long after that, police tracked down the junior/senior high school student who is believed to have made the threat. Police are not releasing the student's name.
According to the district, the decision to close so quickly is just a sign of the times.
"In this day in age that we're in right now, as school districts not only here in Le Roy, but across this state and across this country, it's our duty and our responsibility that we look into every possible situation, and we have to do our due diligence. And I think we did that in this situation in working with law enforcement to look into and get us to where we are right now, which is we have a resolution to this situation," said Superintendent Merritt Holly.
Police tell Spectrum News the student and the student's family are cooperating with the investigation. There is a possibility the student could face charges, and the district is also considering punishment.
Many parents and students praised the district for it's quick action in deciding to close.
"Stuff happens," said student Brady Fix. "But whoever spoke out did the right thing."