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'Suspicious image' on social media led to lockout at Oswego City Schools

Oswego County

Oswego Police say a "suspicious image" on social media caused a lockout at all Oswego City Schools Thursday.

Police say they were notified by the district at about 12:21 p.m. that a lockout had been issued at all seven buildings in the district because of the image, which had been reported to district officials.

The image appeared to show a student making a suspicious and threatening statement, police said.

The student in question was not in school Thursday and the district did not believe its students were in imminent danger, police said. The lockout was issued "due to an abundance of caution," according to police.

The student was located and is cooperating with police. The lockout was lifted after about an hour and classes resumed as normal, police said.

“The Oswego City School District places the greatest importance possible on the safety of our students and today was an example of the great partnership between the school district and the Oswego City Police Department,” said Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. “I commend our faculty and staff for their professionalism in responding to a difficult and sensitive situation.”

Dr. Goewey said the remainder of the school day would continue as scheduled.

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