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December 19, 2012

State Police investigate NCCS student

CHAMPLAIN — State Police recently investigated a student at Northeastern Clinton High School for comments he allegedly made to fellow students.

About three or four weeks ago, according to NCCS Interim Superintendent Gerald Blair, the boy made “irresponsible statements” to two fellow students following a school assembly about bullying.

The assembly, Blair said, contained a portion, lasting about 30 seconds, that addressed bullying at Columbine High School in Colorado, the location of a school shooting in 1999.

“This boy reacted (to the assembly) in the sense that he made a stupid statement based on that portion of the assembly,” he said.

State Police were immediately called, according to Blair, and a complete investigation was conducted.

Though Blair would not say what the boy said to prompt the school’s concern, he noted that no guns were involved in the incident.

In addition to police, county agencies and a physician specialist were called in to investigate, and the school met with families involved.

“After the investigation was concluded, the State Police could not find anything to press charges outside of a stupid statement being made,” Blair said.

The boy was suspended from school for five days at the time of the incident, Blair said, and a letter outlining what had taken place was sent home to parents of students in grades nine through 12.

The incident, he noted, took place before the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

Blair said the school took the incident very seriously and is remaining vigilant in its safety precautions.

“We’re doing everything that we can possibly do to make it safe for all who are here.”

All visitors to the school must be buzzed in to gain entry to the building, and for the past few days, police have been monitoring the school parking lot.

“We think we are safe and secure,” Blair said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston: alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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