North Country Union High closed Thursday due to ‘credible threat’

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A 17-year old North Country Union High School is in custody and classes were cancelled Thursday after officials say they received a “credible threat” against the school. 

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday morning that a suspect was arrested by New Port police on an unrelated charge and is in custody. 

The sheriff’s department said it learned of the threat around 7 p.m. Wednesday, after the school’s resource officer received several tips from students and staff. 

The department says the 17-year-old suspect, a student at the school, is known to have had discipline issues and had access to resources that made the threat credible. That prompted the North Country Supervisory Union to cancel school while the threat is investigated.

It is unknown if school will re-open Friday. 

Police say that due to the specific nature of the threat, local Lakes Region will remain open this morning, but vigilant. 

This is an ongoing story, and we will update you more as information becomes available. 

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