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‘Facebook feud’ culminates in gun-flashing incident in CPCS parking lot

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COLTON - A feud between students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School and another unidentified school district that began on Facebook came to a head Monday afternoon when a gun was waved out the window of a vehicle driving through the parking lot at the school.

In a statement posted on the district’s Facebook page Monday evening, Colton-Pierrepont Central School Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash wrote, “We had a suspicious vehicle in the north parking lot (where high school students park) after school today (Monday). While exiting the property a passenger in the vehicle waved an object out the window that may have been a gun.”

He continued, “For safety reasons, all students were brought into the building and all doors were locked. Once the police arrived to secure the premises, parents, were called to pick up students and after school activities were cancelled.”

Mr. Kardash closed the statement by saying police had already identified suspects and were conducting their investigation.

“There are currently no continuing concerns for student safety related to this incident,” he wrote.

When reached at home Monday night, Mr. Kardash confirmed that there was a gun involved in the incident.

“The troopers informed me in the end there was a gun, but they have yet to find it,” he said, adding no shots were fired and no one was injured.

While Mr. Kardash said he’s not sure exactly how many students were in or at the school at the time of the incident, he said “there were quite a few kids,” noting a lacrosse practice, softball practice and play practice were in progress at the time.

The incident, he said, began as a feud on Facebook, involving an unknown number of students from Colton-Pierrepont and another district.

He said those Facebook posting have aided the police investigation into the incident. “Their leads began on Facebook, which eventually led them to the suspect,” he said.

“I understand it to have been started by a Facebook feud,” he said, noting that as of 10 p.m. Monday he did not yet have a list containing the names of the involved students or transcripts of what was said.

Mr. Kardash did say based on the information he has received “so far” there were no plans to discipline any students from his district.

“I would like to compliment all of the adults and students involved for acting professional and following instructions, which helped to keep everybody safe,” he said, adding he’s also pleased with the response from state police and their handling of the investigation.

“The New York State Police did an amazing job,” he said.

State police declined comment on the incident Monday night, noting their investigation into the incident remained ongoing.

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