West Genesee HS evacuated after call came in threatening to blow up building; Students OK

West Genesee High School (CNYCentral Photo)

West Genesee High School was evacuated Monday afternoon after a threatening phone call was made to the school.

According to the school's Facebook page, the call came in around 1:55 p.m. Monday and said the school needed to pay a certain student a sum of money in the next 30 minutes or they were going to blow up the building.

Authorities were called to the scene and were sweeping the area.

The 30-minute window the caller spoke of has expired and no students are in any danger, the post said.

"I think all of these incidents are unique, and as law enforcement, we have to investigate every call just to determine if it's either false or it's a prank or it's legitimate," said Camillus Police Lt. Daniel Burlingame.

All afternoon and evening activities at the school were canceled.

Superintendent Christopher Brown said the high school will be ready for business on Tuesday.

"We believe that we were 'swatted,' which means that someone called in a false incident," Brown said in a Facebook post Monday evening. "Local, state and federal authorities are working to locate the person and we will prosecute to the fullest extent possible."

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