Rumors of Pending School Violence in Putnam Said to Be False
Law enforcement officials dispelled rumors of pending violence at four Putnam high schools as being malicious and totally false.
The rumors were spread on Thursday via text messaging indicating that violence would occur in Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac and Putnam Valley High Schools on Friday—one week after the Sandy Hook School massacre in Connecticut.
School superintendents in the four districts contacted the Sheriff’s Department and according to Captain William McNamara “school resource officers assigned to each school investigated the rumors and found them to be untrue. The information circulated was a false baseless rumor and did not represent any credible danger.”
Police presence has been high at schools throughout the county this week as a result of last Friday’s horrific attack 20 miles away in Connecticut.
Both Brewster Superintendent Jane Sandbank and Mahopac Superintendent Thomas Manko told the Courier they were relieved that the holiday vacation begins at the close of school Friday: “We all need a break to calm down, celebrate with families and take a deep breath,” said Sandbank.
School resumes on January 2.