Penn Yan Central School Superintendent Howard Dennis says a 15-year-old student has been charged by Penn Yan Police Dec. 19 with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, after an email was brought to the police that included a threat against Penn Yan Academy.
The student allegedly threatened to shoot another district student, but Penn Yan Police Chief Tom Dunham says no gun was brought onto school property and there are no guns in the family home.
The threat resulted in school district officials initiating a lock out at the academy and middle school. During a lock out, anyone who approaches the building is denied entry, explains Dennis. At the time of the incident there were no students in the elementary school. Dennis says all safety procedures, including the automated call to parents worked well. The district’s safety committee will review the incident.
The 15-year-old, who was released to his family, will appear in Yates County Family Court.