False “active shooter” rumor leads to police investigation 2 times in 2 days at West Genesee HS

Camillus, NY – Rumors of guns inside West Genesee High School led to a police investigation Wednesday night and a big police response Thursday morning, with officers concluding the threat was false, according to the chief from Camillus’ police, Thomas Winn.

Officers responded to the high school just before noon Thursday for reports of an active shooter, according to Onondaga County 911 dispatchers. As it turned out, a similar threat was reported on Wednesday evening, Winn said, and was found to be unfounded.

There was never an active threat to students at 5201 W Genesee St. School on any of the two days, Winn said.

In a letter to parents, West Genesee Superintendent David Bills said on Thursday that the district received an email Wednesday afternoon indicating there may be a threat to the high school building. Camille’s police investigated the threat, responded to high school on Wednesday and determined there was “no credible threat,” he wrote.

Authorities decided to open the school as usual on Thursday, according to the letter.

The superintendent spoke to the students Thursday morning to give them more information on what happened on Wednesday.

After the announcement, Bills said a 911 call from a parent with “inaccurate information” prompted police to respond at the school.

Police discovered the parent’s inaccurate information came from the same rumor that led to the police response on Wednesday, Winn said.

Despite the false alarm, Winn praised the students who spoke up after hearing about the threat. He said there were actually two students who contacted the principal on Wednesday, leading to the initial investigation.

“This is what we teach them to do,” said the chef.

Editor Anne Hayes contributed to this report.

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