CUBA, NY -- Cuba-Rushford Middle High School was evacuated Tuesday after a staff member received a phone call on an official school phone line that there was an explosive device in the building, but law enforcement authorities determined the threat was not credible.
“Cuba police officers and New York State Police, as well as a K-9 unit, checked the building as well as the grounds and exterior. It was determined that the threat was not credible,” Cuba Chief of Police Dustin Burch said in a post on the Cuba Police Department Facebook page.
Burch said police learned of the call at about 1 p.m. and responded with New York State Police officers.
Students and staff were escorted to buses by Cuba police and transported to Cuba Elementary School, where Cuba and state police officers were waiting to ensure safe arrival and shelter, he said.
“The Cuba Police Department is thoroughly investigating this external threat,” Burch said. “We will pursue all recourse available against the offender to the fullest extent possible.”
The chief noted that staff and police officers mingled and spoke with one another in a calm manner during the incident. He also said police walked out with students and greeted them as they were moved, putting themselves in harm’s way.
“We understand that today’s events caused a major disruption and created anxiety among school stakeholders,” he said. “As we all know, these are very turbulent times for all school districts.”