Port Chester and Harrison students return to class amid increased security
Students in Port Chester and Harrison returned to school amid increased security Wednesday after threatening phone calls forced one school to close and another to take precautions. A threat made against children at Purchase Elementary in Harrison closed school for the day; Port Chester schools went into lockdown.
According to the Harrison police chief, an adult male called the Harrison Fire Department at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and said there would be a shooting at the Purchase school. The threat then prompted the superintendent of schools to close down the elementary school.
Minutes earlier, a threatening phone call was made to the Port Chester School District. Police say the same male caller threatened the schools and this time demanded money. All six schools in Port Chester went into lockdown with police outside each location. Some parents were upset they were not notified immediately.
Click here to view more on what happened in Port Chester.
Meanwhile, a joint investigation by Harrison and Port Chester police is now underway. Police say a third call was made to a McDonald's on Route 1 in Port Chester. They believe the calls were all made by the same person from the same cell phone.
And Purchase Elementary and Port Chester schools were not the only schools affected by the threat. Purchase College stepped up security as a precaution. Click here to view more on that story.Classes went on as usual Wednesday, and police say they will be on hand to keep the campus secure.