NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Rochelle High School received another violent threat on Tuesday, for the third time in two weeks, school district officials have confirmed to Talk of the Sound.
The caller said "people are going to die", according to one knowledgeable source.
This time, however, school officials chose not to follow their own school safety plan protocol which requires an evacuation of the school.
Under the plan, the school building is evacuated and classes discontinued while police close off street access to the area and conduct a room-by-room search.
The district has struggled with its building-level safety plan at the high school for the past decade. For many years there was no board-approved plan as required under the New York SAVE Act, signed into law after the Columbine massacre in 2000.
Tuesday's incident was the fifth evacuation-level incident in 2013.
The first incident, in January, was an electrical fire which released high levels of carbon monoxide into the school. Two wheel-chair bound students were not evacuated leading to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The second incident, in June, was another electrical fire which released high levels of carbon monoxide into the school. An explosion sent flames shooting out of a manhole just 50 feet from a school auditorium where students had been moved just moments before.
The third and fourth incidents were the two phone threats, made on November 20th and December 2nd.
Senior level school officials met with New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll yesterday afternoon. School officials asked that the police department take responsibility for decisions to evacuate New Rochelle schools. Carroll refused, sources say.
School district and police sources that spoke to Talk of the Sound on background, agreed that the person calling in the threats is engaged in attention-seeking behavior and that further evacuations would only serve to indulge the person's desire for attention. The consensus is that all three incidents involved the same caller.
The district's safety plan does not account for multiple-threats over multiple days. Each threat is treated as an isolated incident requiring evacuation each time.
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