North Salem High School alerts families to unspecified threat targeted toward several students


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North Salem Middle School/High School officials are working with Westchester County police to investigate a potential threat directed toward several students at the high school. Principal Vince DiGrandi sent a note to families Tuesday afternoon informing them of the situation.

“Late this afternoon we were alerted to a potential threat made to several students at the high school from outside of the school community,” DiGrandi wrote in his note, sent at 4:50 p.m. “We alerted both the North Salem and Westchester County Police Departments who are conducting an investigation. As more information becomes available I will keep the community informed.”

When reached by phone Tuesday, DiGrandi declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. North Salem Police Chief Thomas Howley also declined to comment directly about the case, noting that the investigation was being handled by the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, which provides dedicated School Resource Officers (SROs) to Westchester public schools. Howley said that the North Salem Police Department is in contact almost daily with SRO Sean Armstrong, who is assigned to North Salem schools. A spokesperson for the County could not immediately be reached for comment.

Parents of the students who were subject of the potential threat were contacted directly by school administrators Tuesday. DiGrandi acknowledged that this kind of a threat could leave many students and parents feeling on edge. However, he insisted that he felt confident that the school is safe for students to return Wednesday.

“I always principal with a parent hat on because I am one,” DiGrandi said. “I wouldn’t send my kid to school if I wasn’t going myself. And I’m going to school tomorrow.”

This article has been updated.

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