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Schenectady police react to inaccurate claim of student carrying firearm at Van Corlaer


SCHENECTADY — On Thursday afternoon, Schenectady law enforcement officers were dispatched to Van Corlaer Elementary School following a report of a student allegedly carrying a firearm. However, it was later confirmed that the report was unfounded.

After a thorough investigation, the police declared the scene safe, confirming that the report was baseless.

Lt. Ryan Macherone revealed that an anonymous student had reported to the school authorities about another student supposedly possessing a weapon within the school premises.

“The report was found to be without merit,” stated Macherone. “It was conclusively established that the report was false.”

The police arrived at the school around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and were able to clear the scene within half an hour.

“There was no threat whatsoever,” Macherone assured.

Karen Corona, the spokesperson for Schenectady City School District, mentioned that the district holds a debriefing with the police following every incident where officers are called to Schenectady schools.

“Regarding disciplinary measures, if it’s established that a student knowingly made a false threat report, the consequences would be in accordance with the district’s code of conduct,” Corona explained in an email on Thursday. “We consistently urge and communicate to parents and students the importance of reporting any suspicious activity. Every claim and report is followed up and investigated thoroughly.”

This incident took place just a day after a tragic mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade in Missouri, where one person lost their life and at least 22 others were injured. Kansas City police reported that half of the victims in the mass shooting were under the age of 16.

Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres, a native of Schenectady, has returned to his hometown after several years of reporting in the Midwest. A graduate of Missouri School of Journalism, Alex is known for his empathetic approach to local news, covering everything from community events to local governance, always with an aim to bridge diverse perspectives.
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  1. Good punctuation and grammar, disagree.

    The Schenectady police’s swift reaction to address the inaccurate claim of a student carrying a firearm is commendable. It’s important to prioritize safety and dispel misinformation to maintain a secure learning environment.

  2. Inaccurate claims can cause unnecessary panic and disrupt the daily lives of students. Glad to see Schenectady police taking swift action to address the situation.

  3. Bad punctuation and grammar, disagree. The Schenectady police should have thoroughly investigated the claim before taking any action. Jumping to conclusions can potentially result in unjust consequences for the student involved.


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