TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—The Groton Central School District’s junior and senior high school went into lockdown at 10:17 a.m. Monday morning following an automated message made to the school with a bomb threat.

The message stated that bombs were placed in every locker of the building, but video footage in the school did not show any unauthorized individuals entering the building or accessing lockers, according to Superintendent Margo Martin.

“Out of an abundance of caution we went into lockdown,” Martin said.

Law enforcement including K-9 units swept the building and did not find anything, quickly determining that the threat was a hoax and lifting the lockdown to resume a normal school day at approximately noon on Monday. An investigation is ongoing, and law enforcement and the school’s IT department are trying to track down where the original call came from.

“Moving forward we will continue to use proactive safety measures and procedures to keep our school community safe,” Martin’s statement to the community read.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

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