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December 2, 2021 - 9:10pm

City Schools to close Friday due to threats of violence on social media

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Press release:

Over the last few hours, it’s been brought to the attention of the Batavia City School District (BCSD) administration that reports of threats of violence at buildings in the district are circulating on social media.

BCSD is currently working closely with the Batavia Police Department, and out of an abundance of caution, BCSD has decided to close all buildings in the district tomorrow, Friday, December 3, while the Batavia Police Department continues its investigation into whether these threats are credible.

All after-school activities are also canceled for Friday, December 3.

BCSD will continue to update students, families, and staff as relevant information on the investigation becomes available. The safety of BCSD students and staff is the top priority, and the district is taking these allegations against our community very seriously. 

If any student or family has any information regarding the threats, we ask that you please contact the Batavia Police Department at (585) 345-6350 or the confidential tip line at (585) 345-6370. 

UPDATE: News release from the Richmond Memorial Library.

Along with the Batavia City School District, the Richmond Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, December 3 to deal with an emergency situation. 

Michael Peet
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Howard, the daily news is reporting that Richmond Memorial Library will also be closed Friday because of the same threat that's closing Batavia City Schools Friday. Can you please confirm this for me.

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I just received the release. yes.

Fred GUNDELL
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I am afraid this may stimulate copycat threats. I remember back in the late 60's we had all kinds of threats. Usually telephone threats. We were fortunate not to have social media. Even Bomb threats at work often. I do not recall one single time they cancelled school or work. I think once we had a fire drill and left the building, while designated search teams searched the buildings. I do not understand the specific details of these "Threats". Hopefully we will learn more. Seems odd it happened on a Friday.

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