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Online Threat Against North Salem Middle/High School Proves False

Internet rumors about a threat to North Salem Middle School/High School have been proved false. School officials have promised to improve communications with the community after police presence at the school Wednesday caused some anxiety.
Internet rumors about a threat to North Salem Middle School/High School have been proved false. School officials have promised to improve communications with the community after police presence at the school Wednesday caused some anxiety. Photo Credit: File

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Rumors spread on the Internet about a threat to a student and a school in North Salem were false, school officials said this week.

The postings spread fear among parents, students and school staff, according to an announcement Thursday by Patricia P. Cyganovich, principal of the middle and high schools, and Assistant Principal George Bovino.

Cyganovich and Bovino said an investigation by both the state police and the school district found that no such threat existed.

The presence of police at the middle/high school Wednesday morning was meant to reassure people but might have made some feel more anxious, Cyganovich said.

The district regrets, she said, not explaining about the increased security earlier.

Such an announcement may have “alleviated many concerns of those sending their children to school,” the principal said, promising that “it is a protocol that will be followed in the future.”

Cyganovich and Bovino thanked those who offered suggestions for better communicating with the school community.

"With you, we will continue to work toward keeping our children safe," they said.

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