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Sheriff’s Department makes arrest in May 24 lockdown

Arkport Central School District officials were notified by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department that an Arkport High School student was arrested on charges related to threats made against the school that resulted in a two-hour lockdown yesterday. The student was later arraigned on two felony counts of making a terroristic threat.

On Thursday, May 24, the school went into lockdown as soon as the sheriff’s department notified administrators that anonymous tips were reported about a student bringing a weapon to campus. Law enforcement officers were immediately on the scene to search the building and school grounds. No weapon was found, and all students and staff were deemed safe.

In light of the arrest, district officials will fully cooperate with the county sheriff’s investigators. State law prohibits school officials from discussing individual student discipline. The district plans to take action in accordance with Arkport’s Student Code of Conduct.

Arkport administrators also are assessing the district’s crisis communication procedures and will meet in coming weeks with law enforcement officials to review and fine-tune the district’s emergency response protocols.

“We are grateful for the swift response by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department to secure our building and protect our students and staff,” Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper said. “Like our students, we’re always looking for opportunities to learn, and in the days ahead we’ll be dissecting our own response with an eye toward improvement.”

If you have any questions about emergency response protocols, please reach out to Superintendent Jesse Harper at (607) 295-7471 or jharper@arkportcsd.org.