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CLAYTON — Thousand Islands Central School facilities were determined to be safe Thursday after a student, who made a threat via text message against a local school, was removed from his home and taken to Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, on Wednesday night, according to district officials.

Superintendent Frank C. House said a student made a threat via text message and sent it to another student. He said that he could not divulge exactly what the text said but that the message was vague and didn’t specifically target the Thousand Islands schools. Mr. House said he couldn’t release the student’s identity or age but said he wasn’t a high school student.

State police told Mr. House they do not believe the incident is related to a special meeting held Tuesday night where more than 100 residents attended and some shared their dissatisfaction with the district’s reaction to bullying or the recent apparent suicide of student Daniel J. Briggs.

On Thursday morning, the district issued a statement on its website and sent messages to parents via a messaging service that a student made the threat and had been removed from his home by state police following their investigation.

The district was on a two-hour delay Thursday morning because of snow. Mr. House said police determined it was safe for students and staff to attend school.

In a letter posted on the district’s website, Mr. House wrote that a “crisis team and members of the Board of Education met with district staff and informed them of the incident and shared all available information. Additionally, student meetings were held at both the middle and high school.”

The letter also said the district had police presence in the buildings from state, Jefferson County and village of Clayton agencies.

Additional counseling services were made available at the middle and high schools. Mr. House said police are continuing their investigation.

He said the district had not received a lot of feedback after Tuesday’s forum but received a high volume of calls following the alert to parents Thursday morning.

State police investigators in Alexandria Bay could not be reached.

Mr. House said that since the forum, there had been a lot of dialogue circulating throughout the district about bullying problems from students and faculty members. He said there hasn’t been any solid information presented to the board and much appears to be hearsay; there are no investigations pending.

“Thousand Islands is a great school district, and the high school is a top 500 school,” Mr. House said. “I’m sorry that all of this is coming our way.”

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