Delhi, Walton schools take emergency action following threats
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Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Authorities confirmed two Delaware County school districts took emergency actions to protect students and staff Friday afternoon because of threats. Delhi Police Chief Mike Mills confirmed Delaware Academy was placed on lockdown following a threat on an internet message board. Three buildings in the Walton School District were placed on lock out Friday afternoon after threats were made on Facebook. A lockdown prevents anyone from going in or out of the building. A lock out prohibits anyone from going in. As of Friday evening, authorities said they don't believe the threats are connected. Mills says his department was notified between 1:45 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. Friday of the threat and the school was placed on lockdown shortly after. The lockdown was lifted just after 3 p.m., Mills said. Mills said his officers found no threat inside the school after an investigation and search of the school. Walton's high school, middle school and Townsend Elementary went into lock out at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, and police presence was heightened, according to Superintendent Dr. George Mack. Mack said Friday additional Facebook posts referenced Townsend Elementary directly "and used the word 'shooting." Police presence was requested at each building during dismissal. All after school activities in Walton are cancelled. Walton schools will open as scheduled Monday, but with increased police presence, Mack said. Several parents Friday afternoon have inquired about other districts in Delaware County that took emergency action, including Franklin schools. That report has not yet been confirmed. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.