‘THREAT UNFOUNDED’: NR-Wolcott officials say reports of ‘active shooter’ unfounded after investigation

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update on the active investigation unfolding at Leavenworth Middle School in the North Rose-Wolcott School District.

While initial reports appeared online this afternoon indicating that an ‘active shooter’ situation was reported to law enforcement — the Sheriff’s Office says all threats were unfounded.

“At present time all buildings have been searched and all children are safe and unharmed. Deputies are working closely with school officials to reduce emotional impact to students, staff & families,” the statement concluded.

The exact nature of the threat was not elaborated on by the Sheriff’s Office, but a statement released on behalf of the North Rose-Wolcott School District provided a little more context.

“Reports of an active shooter at Leavenworth Middle School are deemed not credible by local authorities,” the statement began. “The report of a shot being fired came in around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, after school hours. The Wayne County Police Dept., NYS Police and Dept. of Environmental Conservation arrived on the scene, clearing all buildings of the North Rose-Wolcott Central School District. No threat was discovered and all students and staff are safe.”

“Student safety is our number one priority, and we take all reports seriously,” added North Rose-Wolcott Superintendent Stephen Vigliotti.

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