Superintendent of Schools Brian Pulvino has indicated that a search brought forth no findings after a student at G. Ray Bodley High School was alleged to have made a threatening statement.
According to Pulvino, the threat was initially made yesterday though it went unreported until 8:15 this morning (March 9.)
While the comment was originally made to one student, the information quickly evolved through multiple students until one student reported the information received via a text message to school administration.
Pulvino said the student made a threatening comment in regards to bringing a weapon to school with the intent to cause harm.
“The student in question was located and out of class within five minutes,” Pulvino said, at which time the district’s response was already in full effect ensuring students remain safe and secure in classrooms while a search of the student’s locker and the school took place.
Ultimately, the search yielded no findings.
By 9:30 a.m., GRB administration had sent out a correspondence to parents of high school students and by 10:30 a.m. a district wide notice was sent to parents of any student in Fulton City School District following a strong commitment to communicating accurate information, Pulvino said.
“We are constantly looking at how we can most efficiently provide information regarding our students as quick but as accurately as possible,” Pulvino said.
This morning’s incident followed a similar incident yesterday at the district’s Junior High School, though the two were “110%, completely unrelated,” Pulvino emphasized.
At 8:19 a.m. yesterday (March 8) a student at the Fulton Junior High School reported finding bullets in the toilet of one of the school’s bathrooms.
Immediately initiating response to keep students safe and secure in classrooms, district and building administration along with the school resource officer reviewed film to target students that had used the bathroom in which the bullets were located.
“The first student we questioned actually came forward and explained that he had been target shooting with his father and realized he had left the bullets in his pocket. He got scared and panicked, and decided to try to flush them,” Pulvino explained.
The student’s parents did verify the student’s story of target practice, he added.
However, the two students involved in both incidents will face repercussions.
“We have our code of conduct and we will follow it to the letter,” Pulvino said.
Students at G. Ray Bodley will continue to be monitored throughout the school day and in keeping with clear and accurate communication, Pulvino said high school students will be meeting with building administrators during school hours to guarantee they have received accurate information and are ensured of their safety.
Additionally, debriefings for staff at each building of the district will also occur.
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FULTON, NY – Superintendent of Schools for the Fulton City School District, Brian Pulvino issued an important notice to all parents of students within the district regarding an incident at one of the schools this morning (March 9.)
“G. Ray Bodley High School administration was informed by a student at 8:15 a.m. this morning that another student at GRB made an alleged threatening statement about initiating harm to others at the school,” the letter detailed.
While the exact nature of the threat is not disclosed, Pulvino ensured all students were kept safe and under supervision while the incident was investigated.
Response to the incident involved the school resource officer, administrative and teaching personnel, and support staff.
A thorough search of the school was conducted though the letter does not indicate whether anything was found.
The student who allegedly made the threat was immediately located and brought to the office to remain with administration and the school resource officer.
Pulvino was unavailable for comment as of 11 a.m. as he was out of the office to handle matters at the high school.
Check back for more details surrounding this incident as they become available.
A copy of the letter issued to parents including contact information for Superintendent Pulvino can be found on the district’s website.