Cortland superintendent on school threat: ‘We will remain vigilant’

Two city police vehicles parked in front of Cortland High School on October 5, 2017. (Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — While schools were closed Friday due to slightly poor weather conditions, authorities allege that a 19-year-old man in a neighboring county made a threatening post aimed at Cortland High School on social media.

The threat was reported at around 2 p.m. by a high school student, according to school superintendent Michael Hoose. The student called the Cortland Police Department to notify them about the threatening photos and videos that were posted to Snapchat, Hoose said.


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The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jensen Schack, was located in Chenango County and arrested by the Cortland Police Department in cooperation with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

“We take all threats seriously,” Hoose said. “Although this situation has been resolved, we will continue to remain vigilant.”

The school district has had an increased law enforcement presence since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month, Hoose said, and that presence will remain in effect.

“This increased presence will continue as we want everyone to know that we’re constantly looking out for everyone’s safety,” Hoose said.