'We have to take every threat as serious.' Pleasantville locks down school after shooting threat

No active shooter was found inside the high school, but school officials say they followed every protocol to ensure safety.

Nadia Galindo

Mar 30, 2023, 2:14 PM

Updated 426 days ago

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News 12 Nadia Galindo is outside Pleasantville High School and Middle School where officials put emergency procedures into place after reports of shots fired.
'We have to take every threat as serious.' Pleasantville locks down school after shooting threat
No active shooter was found inside the high school, but school officials say they followed every protocol to ensure safety.
There were some terrifying moments at Pleasantville High School this morning after a call to police reporting an active shooter sent the school into lockdown.
Like other cases around the region, it appears this threat was a hoax. No active shooter was found inside the high school, but school officials say they followed every protocol to ensure safety.
The call was made to Pleasantville police this morning. They notified Pleasantville school district officials immediately. The high school was put under lockdown, meaning no one could come in or leave.
Text messages and emails from the district went out to parents in a matter of minutes, alerting them to police presence on campus for what they believed was a swatting incident.
Students also began texting parents, many of whom started gathering down the street from the school since Westchester County police blocked the street as the lockdown was active.
Parents and students who spoke to News 12 expressed concern and frustration knowing that a wave of phony threats have been made at schools across the country.
Fortunately, no threat was detected, and the lockdown was lifted.
While the district's superintendent says she is thankful this was a false call, she also pointed out the district was prepared for an incident like this. They had training and made protocols for bomb threats and swatting incidents earlier this school year. "We have to take every threat as serious and credible threat until it's deemed otherwise and that we can be assured that our students and staff are safe," says Pleasantville School District Superintendent Dr. Tina DeSa.
Pleasantville police said they would remain on site for the remainder of the day. Counselors were made available for anyone needing help and support.


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