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The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation following allegations that a 16-year-old Auburn student made threatening statements on a bus ride home from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. 

Auburn Enlarged City School District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo said the incident was reported at around 3 p.m. Wednesday when a student called the bus garage saying she heard there had been threats made on a school bus. He said district administrators immediately alerted the sheriff's office, which launched an investigation.

By 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pirozzolo said, detectives informed the district there was no risk to any students or staff members. At around that time, the district issued a school message to parents, informing the community of the allegations and investigation. 

Detective Lt. Brian Schenck confirmed the investigation is ongoing; however, he said there seems to be no credible threat. 

"I don't see any evidence at this point to make any charges," he said. "A 16-year-old male was the focus, but I don't believe he actually made a threat as was reported by another student. ... There seemed to be statements made on the bus that were misconstrued and relayed to school staff." 

Both Pirozzolo and Schenck said they commended the student who brought the incident to their attention and encouraged others to do so if there are ever any safety concerns. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 


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