WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WETM) – The Watkins Glen Elementary School has been evacuated after a staff member received a call allegedly threatening a shooting on the last day of school, according to the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.
Schuyler County Sheriff Kevin Rumsey said that his department, Watkins Glen Police, and New York State Police all responded to the school after a staff member received an automated call around 1:00 p.m. According to Rumsey, the call allegedly claimed a shooter was on their way to the school.
Students in Pre-K through Grade 6 had already gone home, and around 60 other students were evacuated into a secured location as officers stayed with them, the Sheriff and WGPD said. Parents were notified and all students were picked up.
Law enforcement said the Sheriff’s Office, NYSP, WGPD, Emergency Management and a SWAT team conducted a sweep of the school and found no active threat. A second sweep ensured any remaining staff and students in the building were escorted to safety and again found no threat. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Hammondsport Police and the Watkins Glen Fire Department also responded to the scene.