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Weapons screening at East Syracuse Minoa school after threat

A person walks across a sidewalk under a series of archways that lead up to a double glass-door entrance.
East Syracuse Minoa Central School District
A series of archways cover the sidewalk leading up to the entrance of East Syracuse Minoa High School.

The East Syracuse Minoa Central School District installed a new weapons detection system at its high school after a racist threat of violence.

ESM Superintendent Donna DeSiato posted to social media on Monday a photo of the newly installed concealed weapons detection system.

The new form of security comes after a student received an anonymous, racist threat, which indicated a violent event would occur on Monday, according to a letter DeSiato sent to parents and families in the district. The school moved classes online as a result.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.