SIDNEY, N.Y. (WBNG) -- The Sidney Central School District says it is working with law enforcement after officials learned Wednesday of a post on social media that referenced a shooting.
"We were alerted by local law enforcement that there was something posted on a social media site that potentially could be deemed as a threat, not directly at our school, but a school in general," William Christensen, the SCSD Superintendent, told 12 News.
While the original threat that mentioned a school shooting did not target Sidney, officials say shares and comments of the post referenced the area.
"This original post has been copied and pasted to probably four different social media outlets, so trying to backtrack that is tough, but we're getting through it," said Sidney Police Chief Jan Gorshack.
Authorities were quick to take action, but ultimately found there was no immediate threat to the area's schools.
Still they say there's a lesson to be learned from this, that social media threats are no joke.
"In 2017, the electronic world of communication has become as important as the face to face conversation," Christensen explained.
Stressing that educating students, as well as parents, about the dangers online is important.
"As a parent, please take the time go through your child's phone, know what they're doing," Gorshack added.
The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with more information to come forward.
Christensen sent the following letter to parents and guardians:
The district released the following information on its Facebook page: