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Threats made against Taconic Hills High School

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There is an unusual police presence at the Taconic Hills Central School District on Monday after school officials saw a suspicious Facebook post on Friday. Our Megan Cruz has the details.

CRARYVILLE, N.Y. -- "Everybody's thinking about Sandy Hook, about the Colorado shootings," said Taconic Hills Superintendent Neil Howard.

That is why he requested New York State Police and the Columbia County Sheriff's Department be stationed at the school Monday.

"There's a Facebook posting that we're concerned about, that we decided to take some precautions," Howard explained.

Howard said his students brought the chain of Facebook posts to the attention of school officials on Friday.

"They're using vulgar language, there was one that said something like what if they brought a gun to the game, so of course, whenever you see something like that, you have to act on it," said Hudson Superintendent Maria Suttmeier.

Monday's basketball games between Hudson High School and Taconic Hills High School were scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. However, Howard decided to move the games to 4 p.m. and close them to just players and their parents due to the threat.

"The teams feel like they want to play and so we're taking precautions by having the appropriate police agencies involved and here at the same time," said Howard.

"We really think these are idol threats, but we want to make sure we're doing everything in the best interests of our students," said Suttmeier.

New York State Police is investigating this incident. Neither they nor Howard would say who wrote the posts. Suttmeier said no Hudson students were involved, and neither were any players from each of the basketball teams.

Parents of the students were alerted to the extra police presence over the weekend.

"I think it's just a bunch of punks trying to scare people," said Donna Dotterer, a grandparent of a student. However, she admits it was enough for her daughter to keep her kids home from school.

"We're not going to take any chances with things that go on today in the world," added Dotterer.

Aside from the basketball games, all other Monday afternoon activities were cancelled. Howard said they may have extra police back at the school Tuesday.

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