Three students arrested for alleged copy-cat threats made at Chautauqua Lake, Randolph Academy, and Ashville BOCES schools...
Three local school students have been arrested for allegedly making threats against two schools in Chautauqua County... and, another in Cattaraugus County. The incidents... which were reported this morning to State Police... took place at Chautauqua Lake Central School, the Ashville BOCES, and Randolph Academy. They are believed to be "copy-cats" of Wednesday's mass school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida. Troopers were first called ot Chautauqua Lake just after 9 AM for a threat of violence reported to school staff. Police say the school initiated a lockout while State Police investigated. The investigation also reportedly revealed that a possible threat of violence could exist at Ashville BOCES. The Ashville BOCES went into a "Shelter Down" protycol for a short time. A 17-year-old student at Chautauqua Lake and a 15-year-old student from Ashville BOCES were taken into custody under the state’s mental hygiene law... and, taken to local hospitals for evaluation, and this investigation is continuing.
A short-time later... troopers and investigators responded to the Randolph Academy for a threat of violence reported to school staff. The school went into a lock-down situation while police investigated. Troopers soon located a 16-year-old student believed to be involved in the incident. He was taken to State Police headquarters in Machias for questioning. He was later taken into custody under the state's mental hygiene law... and, was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. That lock-down was lifted a short time later.