Bomb threat made at Penn Yan Schools

John Christensen
The Chronicle Express

PENN YAN – All of the Penn Yan Central School's buildings were locked down for about 1 1/2 hours Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 10 after a bomb threat was made by phone at approximately 1 p.m.

Penn Yan Police Dept.
Yates County Sheriff's Office
NY State Police

With Assistant Superintendents for Business, Cathy Milliman, and for Instruction, Greg Baker, in charge of the school while Superintendent Howard Dennis is on vacation until Aug. 16, the administration posted the following announcement on their website: 

"This afternoon, the district received a concerning phone call. Out of an abundance of caution, we locked down the buildings and contacted law enforcement. Upon investigation, there was no actual threat." 

Police say a call was made to Penn Yan Academy at approximately 1 p.m. by a caller purporting to be the father of a student who was on his way to school with a bomb in his backpack. Penn Yan Police, Yates County Sheriff's Deputies, and N.Y. State police blocked access to the grounds while the buildings were searched and declared safe.

Penn Yan Police Chief Thomas Dunham says the caller was not actually the father he claimed to be but an unknown third party. The student named by the caller was found to be at work at his summer job during the incident.

"Both the father and son have been completely exonerated," says Dunham. He adds that there is an ongoing joint investigation by the PYPD with assistance from State Police and the Sheriff's Office into who is the person actually responsible for making the threat.