Walton: Police Respond To Child Death Threats

By Adam Chick

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Walton Police Chief is not of aware of any more threats to children in the past 24 hours. But despite help from the Delaware County Sheriff's Department and the State Police, law enforcement says they still don't have a suspect in the case.

To make matters more confusing, new information is revealing that many of the threats were from the Facebook accounts of various Walton residents, accounts that were hacked into in order to post the disturbing images and messages.

"We have interviewed these people and we've checked their computers and we are at this time following up on leads with that," said Walton Police Chief Brian Laauser.

Even with no suspect, and no definitive threat against Walton schools, the police department is working closely with the Walton Central School District to ensure that the children are safe in school.

"All the exterior doors are locked. No one is admitted into the school district unless they're met by somebody," says Walton Central School District Superintendent George Mack.

In addition, all scheduled outside activities such as recess have been canceled. The idea of closing school has been discussed, but school will remain open until police receive what they deem to be a credible threat.

"At this point there's not going to be any closure of the schools unless definite pointed threat at one of the schools and then we'll make that determination," said Laauser.

However the police are monitoring the school in the morning when the children arrive. Mack says he thinks most students are aware of what's going on... And the teachers have been made well aware of the situation.

"I think they have to be sensitive to kids who might be understandably concerned about the situation, and sometimes they will talk to them or refer them to guidance," said Mack.

"We're hopeful that things will get back to normal as soon as possible," said Mack.

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