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February 10, 2014

Police searching for caller after bomb threat called in for two schools Monday

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With a situation like this arising quickly, Fusco said the district's safety teams would be reviewing the response and re-evaluating procedures moving forward.

"What we will be doing is having our safety teams meet to debrief everyone involved of the events of the day," she said, adding the sheriff's office would be part of the procedure. "We'll be working to improve our responses to these situations."

Some parents took to social networking to express their disgust with the lack of efficiency in dismissing children from the fire hall. Some felt the wait was too long, the room was too crowded inside or the lines of communication between themselves and district officials needed to be more efficient.

Fusco, who spent the entire morning at the middle school, said she's heard some of the complaints but also recognized positive feedback she'd received. She said most of the comments she saw thanked Niagara-Wheatfield for ensuring safety of the students trumped everything else.

"I've received both," she said. "Some people were frustrated, while I also received notes, emails and phone calls telling me how thankful they were for the way we handled everything. They were very pleased the safety of the children came first. Because the threat was not defined, we made sure with the evacuation of the children."

She also extended her gratitude to the Sanborn Fire Co. for its assistance in the matter.

While Niagara-Wheatfield evacuated, students at Niagara Falls High School were put into lockdown throughout the event.

Parents were notified via the district's all-call system and informed of the situation as details became available, district spokeswoman Judie Glaser said Monday.

A team of three police K-9 units was used to search the school and, as at Niagara-Wheatfield, found nothing.

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