Social media threats closed schools in Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls

In Poughkeepsie, school officials canceled classes Tuesday at middle and high schools. They say threats on social media came to their attention on Monday and the decision to close was made out of caution.

The district administration has learned that a threat of a school shooting has been posted on the social media app SnapChat.

Poughkeepsie City Police are working to find the original poster, but a detective says they are hitting “dead ends”.

As police continue their investigation, Dr. Eric Rosser, Superintendent of Schools for the Poughkeepsie City School District, is asking the community to watch what’s happening online.

Rosser says they need to make sure “social media is not used as a tool to harm others and instill fear in the school environment, because that’s not what schools are for.”

School officials say they are working with local and state law enforcement to better understand the credibility of the threat.

Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls was also closed due to an ongoing investigation involving a threat to the school community.

Superintendent of Schools Dr Dwight Bonk told News 12: “We take the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously. This is our top priority.

Schools in both districts were closed before this year due to other online threats.

The Wappingers Central School District will decide on Tuesday evening whether schools will open to students and staff on Wednesday.

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