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The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office is investigating potential threats at Cato-Meridian High School, according to an emergency message posted on the district's website

Superintendent Terry Ward posted the message Tuesday afternoon to keep parents informed of "an ongoing police investigation about potential threats involving our (High School) at Cato-Meridian."

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould said deputies were called to the high school late Tuesday morning over "concerns" involving a 16-year-old male. 

Ward said the alleged threats came from a student who does not currently attend the high school. A separate message on the district's website said all afternoon and evening activities had been canceled. 

At around 4 p.m., Ward posted a letter with more details about the incident. According to the letter, at approximately 11 a.m., a Cato-Meridian student told school administrators they were being threatened on social media. After contacting the authorities, the sheriff's office opened an investigation based on the district's concerns. 

By 1:30 p.m., Ward said the person who made the potential threat was in police custody. Gould said the person was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. No charges had been filed Tuesday afteroon, but the investigation was ongoing. 

"I would like to thank the brave students who came forward with information which led to the police investigation," Ward said in the letter. "I would also like to thank our crisis team at Cato-Meridian (High School) for their assistance in this difficult situation."

Ward also thanked parents for their support and said the school district was taking the safety and security very seriously. He said the district will continue to review safety plans to make the school "as safe as it can be."

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


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