Superintendent Update regarding “swatting” threats

Dear Mohonasen Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

I am reaching out to inform you that the district became aware this afternoon of a threat made last night on Twitter that specifically named Bradt Primary School. The district has shared this information with our local law enforcement partners and they are currently investigating.  All students, faculty, and staff at Mohonasen are safe and the current threats have been deemed to be fraudulent.

We take every threat, whether it is generalized or specific, with the utmost seriousness and work in partnership with the Rotterdam Police Department (RPD) to investigate issues that could affect the health and wellness of our students and school community.  The RPD dispatched officers to Bradt this afternoon to assess the situation and will also have an increased presence in and around our buildings over the next couple of days.  The RPD, along with the NYS Police, believe the current threats to be fraudulent and part of a larger “swatting”* trend affecting a number of schools in NY as well as in other states.  Governor Hochul and the FBI are also aware of this unsettling trend affecting our schools.

As always, our school community’s safety is our primary concern, and we will continue to work with local and regional law enforcement agencies to keep our school campuses safe. We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide you with additional information as it becomes available.

Yours in Service,

Shannon Shine, Superintendent

*Swatting: This act is a crime and is a harassment technique that involves calling in an emergency police response against an innocent target.”

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