‘Unusual container’ sparks evacuation at NY high school

Posted: 12:24 PM, Dec 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-07 12:57:28-05

WEST NYACK, N.Y. — A New York high school was evacuated Tuesday after a teacher spotted an “unusual container” outside a classroom and the package was deemed to be suspicious, authorities said.

The unidentified object was discovered on a chair in the second-floor hallway of Clarkstown High School South. The teacher reported it to a school officer who called his lieutenant who responded and determined the container was suspicious, Principal Debra Tarantino said in a statement posted to the Clarkstown School District’s website at 11:45 a.m.

Police removed the package from the building and students were dismissed for the day “as a precaution,” Tarantino said.

Police said they are investigating and described the situation as a “bomb threat,” but in a 12:30 p.m. update said the object was not an explosive device.

K-9 units responded to do a sweep, police said.

“At this point, the scene has been secured and there is no need for concern,” a spokesperson with the Clarkstown Police Department said.

Students who drove themselves to school have been released, Tarantino said. Buses were en route to the school to pick up the remaining students and take them home.

Parents can direct their questions to the District Office at 845-639-6418.