Threat Made Against Sweet Home Middle School

Officials do not believe it to be credible

Richard Root
October 25, 2017 - 3:14 am
Sweet Home Middle School

Amherst, NY (WBEN) - Amherst Police and the Sweet Home School District are investigating a threat made against Sweet Home Middle School.

In a letter published on the district website, Superintendent Anthony Day says the threat came in the form of an anonymous phone call.  The caller apparently threatened to do harm to the building today, Wednesday.

The call was received Tuesday afternoon, and Day says they consulted police.  He says they do not believe the threat is credible and were advised to continue as normal.

Students will be subject to extra security today and police will conduct a sweep of the Middle School.

No word if police have identified the person who called in the threat.

Here is Day's letter in full:

This afternoon Sweet Home Middle School received an anonymous phone call threatening harm to the building tomorrow – Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

We are cooperating fully with the Town of Amherst Police Department on this matter.  We do not have reason to believe that the threat is credible and, under their advisement, have decided to maintain normal business operations today and tomorrow.  Nonetheless, we take all threats of this nature seriously and respond accordingly. 

There will be a continued police presence on the Middle School campus throughout this afternoon and early evening.  Tomorrow morning, the Amherst Police Department will conduct a sweep of the Middle School to ensure the safety of the building prior to the students’ arrival. As students enter the building, they will have their backpacks and bags checked to further ensure everyone’s safety.  A police presence will remain in place on campus throughout the day.  As an extra precaution, the Amherst  and Tonawanda police departments will maintain an increased presence at all of our other school buildings throughout the district tomorrow.

Please know that the safety of our students and staff is paramount. Although we believe an actual threat is remote, it is always the right decision to err on the side of safety and take every precaution in such matters.  Should the circumstances warrant, I will provide more information as it becomes available. 


Anthony J. Day
Superintendent of Schools

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