Arrest made in connection to threat surrounding Homer High School

Cortland County

A 17-year-old was arrested on Tuesday after a threat was made at Homer High School, according to Homer Police.

Around 11:00 a.m. staff members at the high school, along with Homer police were alerted of a written threat that was found on a door at the school.

Police say students and teachers were told to shelter in place while they searched the school. Once it was determined that no further threats existed the school day continued with an adjusted schedule.

Later that evening, police were able to arrest a 17-year-old boy who they say was responsible for making the threat. He was charged with falsely reporting an incident and was released after his arraignment. He is due back in court at a later date.

At this time, police can not confirm or deny whether the man was a student at the school.

The superintendent of Homer Central Schools released the following statement on Tuesday regarding the incident:

A threat was discovered at the high school today around 11AM. The police were called and we entered a Shelter-in-place to keep students and staff safe while a sweep of the building was conducted and revealed nothing. The police have indicated that the Shelter-in-Place can be ended and students will move on to shortened classes for the remainder of the day. The police are continuing their investigation of said threat. As always, we will communicate in these situations as quickly as we can and with as much information as we can. The safety of the children is always our main priority. Thank you.

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