All schools within the Southampton School District were subjected to an evacuation on Monday in response to a threatening email received by district officials. The email, received at approximately 10:30 a.m., contained a warning that multiple devices had been planted within the school premises, with an ominous indication that these devices would be triggered at some point during the day.

In a communication sent to parents, it was reported that students attending Southampton High School and Southampton Intermediate School were safely evacuated to the Southampton Fire House at 11:50 a.m. As for students from the Southampton Elementary School, they were evacuated to the Presbyterian Church at 12:20 p.m. These precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of the students and staff following the concerning threat.

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Local law enforcement, comprising officers from both the village and the town, promptly initiated a comprehensive search of all the school buildings. Additionally, two K-9 units from the state police were deployed to assist in the search operation. The goal was to meticulously investigate the premises for any suspicious devices or potential threats.

Fortunately, after a thorough inspection of the school buildings, it was determined that no explosive devices or hazards were found. The searches yielded no evidence to substantiate the threats made in the email. Consequently, all the school buildings were declared safe for reentry, and students and staff were permitted to return to the premises.

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While the threat was ultimately deemed non-credible, the school district’s response to the situation demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of its students and staff, underlining the importance of proactive measures in response to such situations.