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Batavia police investigate juveniles' social media comments

Security increased at BHS

BATAVIA – The Batavia Police Department increased police presence in and around Batavia High School in response to social media posts that caused concern, but were determined not to indicate an imminent threat or danger to students or staff, a Feb. 27 news release stated.

Batavia School District 101 officials contacted police the week of Feb. 19 after receiving a tip about concerns for the safety of students at BHS, according to the release. It noted that the concerns originated from posts disseminated through various social media outlets.

The police department, in cooperation with Batavia High School administrators, has continued to investigate, according to the release. Because all the involved students are juveniles, state statute does not allow their names or specific details to be released, the release stated. As of Feb. 27, there were no criminal charges filed against the students involved in the incident, police said, noting any disciplinary action would be handled in accordance with school district policy.

To reassure parents and give added peace of mind, the department increased the police presence, according to the release, which stated that communications were sent out to all families of high school students by the school district informing them of the investigation and reminding parents and students about using the BPS safety line at 630-937-5410 to report concerns. Additionally, students and family members are encouraged to relay concerns directly to the school resource officer or the police department's non-emergency phone number at 630-454-2500.

"Generally speaking, every school safety concern reported to the police department and/or the school district is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly," the department's release stated. "If at any point, a threat is found to be credible and a danger exists, families would be immediately notified of the situation and of countermeasures being taken by the police department and school district."

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