AMHERST, N.Y. — Students at Sweet Home High School will see extra police and security on-hand Friday after a potential threatening social media post was found online.
The alert was put out late Thursday night by Sweet Home Superintendent Tony Day, but the threat was found non-credible by Amherst Police early Friday morning.
Day issued a statement on the school district’s website early Friday morning:
Good morning Sweet Home families–
Late last evening and early this morning, the Amherst Police investigated the validity of a post on social media referencing a potential threat to the safety of the high school for today – Friday, January 17th. After interviewing a number of individuals connected to the social media post, the police concluded their work early this morning and believe that the threat is not credible.
We are grateful for the quick response and timely investigative work of the Amherst police to investigate this matter. However, in consultation with the police and to ensure the safety of all students and staff, we will be taking added precautions throughout the day to ensure the safety of all our students and staff. This morning, all high school students will be asked to enter through our main entrance door where a team of school administrators and building security personnel will screen all backpacks and bags before students enter the building. The Amherst Police will have a heavy presence on campus throughout the day from this morning’s arrival until departure this afternoon. Additionally, there will be a police presence on campus at all other school buildings at arrival and departure times as well.
I thank everyone in advance for cooperation in helping keep our schools safe for our school community.
In early November, Amherst Police investigated a threatening photo, which was sent to several students at Sweet Home High School.a threat was made on the high school.
That threat, an image, had been shared in a group chat on Snapchat to about 30 students, according to Day.
In that instance, Amherst Police determined there was no threat, though police did eventually identify the individual in the image, along with the person responsible for adding the caption to the photo.