Amsterdam schools put on ‘lock-out’

Amsterdam High School is shown. The Greater Amsterdam School District was on lock-out on Friday due to a gun threat made to the school. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

AMSTERDAM — All schools in the Greater Amsterdam School District were placed on “lock-out” Friday morning, preventing anyone from entering or leaving the buildings due to a potential gun threat, according to police.

The lock-out was put in place at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning after police were notified that a student made threats against Amsterdam High School.

“We had a complaint today that someone might go in there with a gun,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato.

Amato said the suspect is not from Montgomery County.

Amato said he could not give more information as it is the state police’s case.

“All students who were participating in outside activities have been brought inside and outside activities are being canceled until police resume them,” a news release from the district states.

According to a press release on the school district’s website, the lock-out was lifted at 2 p.m. and it was determined by police that all buildings were secure.

All practices were canceled at GASD for the day.

According to the release, as of 12:32 p.m. “All students who had been involved in activities at Amsterdam High School and Lynch Literacy Academy today have been accounted for and dismissed from school.”

By 2 p.m. the lock-out was lifted.

State Police said Friday evening that they had no new information to give.

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