PERU — All students and staff at Peru Junior/Senior High School were reported safe following a brief lockdown at the school Monday morning connected to a social-media threat.

“It has nothing to do with the situation in Dannemora,” said PCSD Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein, referring to the ongoing manhunt for convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.

The lockdown was initiated at about 11:42 a.m.

“We had a student that initiated a threat toward another student,” Brimstein told the Press-Republican.

Because the threat involved mention of a weapon, he said, State Police were contacted to investigate and conduct a search of the school.

During the search, which yielded no weapons, according to the superintendent, students were secured in classrooms.

“It lasted about 35 minutes,” he said.

The lockdown was lifted at about 12:18 p.m. after police deemed the facility safe.

“Business is back to normal now at school,” Brimstein said Monday afternoon.

A student acknowledged posting the message that prompted the investigation, the superintendent noted, and could face charges.

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