Herkimer Junior-Senior High School was placed on a short lockdown Wednesday after a student allegedly made a threat. A news release posted on the Herkimer police Facebook page stated “On Sept., 18, 2013, the Herkimer Police Department received a telephone call from a Herkimer High School official reporting a student made an alarming verbal threat against the school and left the building in an unknown direction.”
The news release goes on to say police provided an “immediate response, securing the school and searching the area to locate the individual.”
Police stated that “as a precautionary measure, the Herkimer High School was directed to place the school on lockdown until the individual was located and interviewed, which was successfully executed by the high school in accordance to established safety plans.”
Police report the individual was located a short time later and was interviewed. The news release states, “action was taken by [police] and [the school] in relationship to the individual, which will not be disclosed.”
Herkimer Central School District Superintendent Robert Miller said during a telephone interview the lockdown started at 9:10 a.m. and ended two minutes later.
“When something like this occurs, we enact our safety plan which involves working with law enforcement,” said Miller. “We locked the doors as a precautionary measure because we didn’t perceive there was a real, credible threat.”
Miller declined to comment further.
Herkimer Police Chief Joseph Malone was unavailable on Thursday.