Police: Bomb threat at Cortland High School was ‘not credible’

CORTLAND, N.Y. – School officials at Cortland High School were put on alert Thursday morning after police were called to the school to investigate rumors of a bomb threat that surfaced on social media.

Cortland police responded to the school at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday to investigate rumors that were circulating on social media regarding a high school student who “may have threatened to blow up the school,” the City of Cortland Police Department said.

The rumors began when a student overheard another student talking about the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas and mistook the conversation as a threat, according to a letter sent to teachers and parents.

“The threat was taken seriously. School officials coordinated with law enforcement to investigate and conclude that there was no credible threat,” the letter read. “If there had been a credible threat, we would have followed our established procedures.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. Police officials did not return a request for comment and said the matter is being handled internally by the school district.

Cortland School District Superintendent Michael Hoose said the incident is being treated as a “disciplinary issue.” He declined to comment further.

Two city police vehicles were parked in front of Cortland High School Thursday morning (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)