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DCMO BOCES RESPONDS TO SAFETY THREAT
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: PERRY T. DEWEY
[email protected]
607-335-1233

DATE: DECEMBER 10, 2021

DCMO BOCES RESPONDS TO SAFETY THREAT

On December 10, 2021 at approximately 9:20 am, DCMO BOCES was notified by law
officials of a threat made on social media. According to multiple sources, a threat was
disseminated on the social media app Snapchat to multiple schools. Immediately after
the notification, the Alan D. Pole Campus was placed on precautionary hold-in-place
and all 16 Component Schools were also notified of the situation and the restricted
access to the campus.

Understanding the family members' needs to access information, DCMO BOCES
launched timely updates on both the website and the official Facebook page. District
Superintendent Perry T Dewey said: “We appreciate the support and patience from
parents and students while dealing with the consequences of this threat.”

The internal investigation allowed for the controlled dismissal to begin at 1:45 pm. The
student transportation plan was orchestrated with the support of school districts. “Our
Component Schools responded immediately to our plans and helped us coordinate
transportation back to the home schools. We are extremely grateful for their support,”
said Dewey.

According to law enforcement statement received at 2:21 pm, this threat was
determined to be a state-wide hoax and the investigation was closed as a non credible
threat, allowing for release from the hold-in-place at 2:30 pm. Commenting on the
incident, Dewey said, “It is our organization’s responsibility to react immediately to
threats of this nature. The ripple effect of reckless activities like this creates student
discomfort, class disruption, and stress for everyone involved. We thank our law
enforcement, health and safety team, and staff for their dedication and for stepping in to
do their part to protect our students,” said Dewey.