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Note in bathroom shakes Johnsburg

JOHNSBURG - A note was found in a bathroom at Johnsburg Central School on Dec. 9 that caused officials to activate their lock-down procedures, said Superintendent Mike Markwica. The note was later found harmless.

The note was a threat aimed at another student, but was not characterized as a bomb threat. It was written on a piece of toilet paper and left in the bathroom by a male high school student.

"It was serious enough for us to take action," said Markwica. A lock-down was activated soon after the note was found and member's of Johnsburg Central Schools safety team secured two areas to hold students. Elementary students were moved to the gym and high school students were moved to the cafetorium.

The Warren County Sheriff's department was notified once the students were secure, searched the building and determined that there was no threat to safety. Sherriff's identified the student responsible for the note, who said it was not meant to be a threat.

The student's case is now in the hands of the Warren County Sherriff's department and a report has yet to be released. Therefore, legal actions have not yet been taken against the student, but school discipline will be implemented. Pending the results of a Superitendent's hearing, the student will be allowed to return to school.

"Everything worked as we planned it to in our drills," said Markwica. "After reviewing the incident, we were able to make a few small changes to our safety protocol."

An announcement was sent home with all students notifying parents of the incident and how it was to be handled.

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