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Hamburg police: Shelter in place at Frontier High, Big Tree Elementary

Frontier High School and Big Tree Elementary were under a shelter in place Monday afternoon due to an email threat received by the Frontier administration, according to the Hamburg Police Department.

Hamburg police said that earlier Monday, the Frontier Central Schools administration received "an email communication of a threatening nature from an unknown source."

Police said that Frontier and Big Tree Elementary – which are adjacent to each other on Bayview Road, just northwest of the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and South Park Avenue – were placed under a shelter in place by the schools' administrators as a precautionary measure while Hamburg police investigated the matter.

Police stressed that it was a precautionary measure and that "there has been no further evidence uncovered that anyone's safety is at risk."

According to the New York Department of Education website, a shelter in place is an emergency situation that is used to shelter students and staff inside the building. In many shelter-in-place situations, students in hallways return to their assigned classrooms and attendance is taken while teachers and staff await further instructions.

Update: All students were safely dismissed, with police saying that the "e-mail threat does not appear credible."

Police ask that anyone with knowledge of the incident call Det. Sgt. Tim Crawford at 648-5118 ext. 2622.

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