Two Elmira High School students arrested, charged with making a Terroristic Threat

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - UPDATE (8:00 p.m.) Two Elmira High School students have been charge with making a terroristic threat in the wake of a school lockout Thursday, according to Chemung County Undersheriff William Schrom.

The Sheriff's Office said a number of phone calls were coming into the high school's main office between 8:40 and 10 a.m. Thursday. The callers were making threats to cause harm to the students and staff at the school.

The school took precautionary measures and went on lockout. The Sheriff’s Office responded while an investigation was already underway by the School Resource Officer. 

"The investigation revealed two Elmira High School students, both juveniles, left school property for a short period of time and made the phone calls prior to returning to the school, " Undersheriff William Schrom said.

The two students were arrested, arraigned in family count on the charge of Making a Terroristic Threat (Class D Felony). 

The two are set to reappear in family court at a later date.



UPDATE (2:37 p.m.): The Chemung County Sheriff's Department has released the following statement regarding Thursday's lockout.

The Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an investigation into suspicious phone call(s) received at the Elmira High School. Students are in "sit in place" status, while the investigation is being conducted. The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by multiple Law Enforcement agencies. Further details to follow.


UPDATE (12:27 p.m.) Under the direction of the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department, the lock-out has been lifted across all Elmira City School District locations.


UPDATE (11:43 a.m.) According to the Chemung County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an investigation into suspicious phone call(s) received at Elmira High School.  

Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Students are in "sit-in-place" status while the investigation is underway.

In a message from Public Information Coordinator Beth Manwaring, the following was stated:

The District has placed all other buildings on a lock-out status in abundance of caution. Lock-out means that it is business as usual inside the building and no visitors will be permitted to enter at this time. We will notify you once the lock-out has been lifted. Thank you for your patience as we work with law enforcement – student safety is our top priority.


UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Students have started exiting Elmira High School, but there has been no official update as to whether the lockout is over.


Out of an abundance of caution, all school in the Elmira City School District have been placed on lockout around 10:30 a.m on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

Police are investigating an incident at Elmira High School.

We will have more as information becomes available.

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