Patrols Added After Threat Made To School

Extra patrols were added to Jamestown High School on Wednesday after a reported threat made last week resurfaced.

Chief Harry Snellings said the department was made aware of a post made on social media Friday regarding an alleged threat to the school. Snellings said the post was “investigated and handled,” but couldn’t comment further because the investigation involved someone underage.

The chief said rumors of the threat resurfaced on social media Tuesday evening, prompting the addition of extra patrols at the high school.

Snellings said the department already has a regular presence at the school, located at 350 E. Second St., through its school resource officer program and zoned patrols.

“We have no reason to believe there was any credible threat,” Snellings told The Post-Journal.

No word of a threat was mentioned during a meeting of the Jamestown School Board on Tuesday.

Several parents, through messages on Facebook, said they opted to keep their children home after hearing rumors of the threat.

Mike McElrath, Jamestown High School principal, issued a statement Wednesday morning.

He said: “There have been conversations and posts on social media about a potential threat made to Jamestown High School. There was an unsubstantiated threat made last week to the high school, which was handled swiftly by the JPS administration and the Jamestown Police Department.

“There is no credible threat to Jamestown High School and the school was never put into a lockdown.”