At approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday Sept. 26, North Syracuse Central School District Superintendent Jerome Melvin received a telephone call pertaining to the safety of students at the high school.
Rumors had surfaced that a Cicero-North Syracuse High School student had intentions to bring a weapon to school on Monday. The rumor initially spread via text message and Facebook, a well-known social media website.
"We still haven't seen the text," Melvin said Monday afternoon.
Within the first hour of being notified by authorities, Melvin's office had a "very good understanding of the problem," he said. There was no imminent threat of danger at the high school Monday and the district did not go into lock down, Melvin said.
According to a letter sent to parents on Monday, school officials were informed by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department that a text message has been sent out stating a student was going to commit an act of violence at C-NS on Monday.
The alleged threat of violence resulted in law enforcement officials searching the home of a male student.
"The [New York] State Police had gone to the house," Melvin said. "The police found no weapons."
Sunday night, C-NS Executive Principal James Froio contacted the family of the student, and he and Melvin met Monday morning with the family and student, who voluntarily agreed to remain at home until further notice and pending the outcome of the State Police and sheriff's department's investigation into the matter.
Melvin said the boy has not been suspended and the school district will provide in-home tutoring for him until the matter is resolved.
"The problem is trying to find who sent the text message," Melvin said.
Law enforcement officials are trying to backtrack and find the original sender, who essentially has created panic throughout the district.
"At this time, the investigation is focused on determining the identity of the individual responsible for forwarding the initial text message," the letter to parents stated.
If and when the original sender is located, Melvin said some form of prosecution may occur.
"As far as the school district is concerned, we'll take whatever action we can," he said.