Ellicottville school threat

Several local law enforcement vehicles sit outside Ellicottville Central School Friday morning during a shelter in place and lockout at the school. The order to go into a lockdown was issued shortly after 8 a.m. The shelter in place and lockout were lifted around 12:30 p.m.

ELLICOTTVILLE — The Ellicottville Central School District went into a shelter in place and lockout Friday morning after reportedly finding a threatening note in the school.

District officials initially issued the order to go into a lockdown shortly after becoming aware of the threat around 8 a.m.

New York State Troopers responded to the school along with other local law enforcement agencies.

About an hour later, authorities shifted to a shelter in place and lockout.

At approximately, 12:30 p.m. the shelter in place and lockout were lifted, District Superintendent Robert Miller said in a call to parents of Ellicottville students.

According to a release from state troopers, no immediate credible threat exists.

As part of the shelter in place, students stayed inside their classrooms and continued their normal activities with doors locked.

Meanwhile, the lockout secured the perimeter of the building by locking all external doors and denying anyone access inside.

In addition to state police, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation. No arrests have been announced.

Nearly a year ago, the school went into a shelter in place and lockout on Friday, March 23, 2018, also for a potential threat.