A message from Superintendent Rob Berson.
On the morning of Tuesday, November 13, an Otselic Valley staff member learned that one of our students received a voicemail from a student in another district. This voicemail suggested violence against a school, although no specific school was named.
We immediately contacted the State Police and went into a Lock Out procedure, which includes safety measures to keep the building secure and prevent anyone from entering the building. We also reached out to the school attended by the suspect, and they went into their own Lock Down.
We’ve learned the suspect who made the telephone call is in custody, and our student who received the telephone call has been debriefed by law enforcement. This was considered a credible threat, we were told, but an isolated incident. The incident investigation by law enforcement is ongoing.
Here at Otselic Valley Central School we take all threats seriously. Although there was never a direct threat to OV as far as we know, it is important to take precautionary measures to ensure that our students and staff are, and will remain, safe. Our staff and students did a great job following safety protocols today, and I am proud of the way our school community came together.
I also have an important message for students: If you learn about threats during weekends or other times when school is not in session, please feel free to call the State Police directly. You don’t have to wait to come to school for police to be informed about potential threats. I know it takes courage to step up at times like this, but it’s important that you do.
Ms. Moisan, our counselor, is available to talk to any students or staff who have concerns about what took place today. I am also available if you have any further questions.
Mr. Robert Berson