UPDATE 4 p.m.:
New York State Police have charged Hunter Peck, 17, of Newark, for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Second Degree following the incident at the Wayne Education Center Friday.
Peck is being arraigned in Ontario County Court.
New York State Police say a 16-year-old male has been taken into custody following a threat at the Wayne Education Center.
According to New York State Police, students and staff found a suspicious package at the back of a hallway in the education center on Friday.
Troopers say they alerted authorities, who treated it as a threat. They say nothing but miscellaneous items were found in the package.
According to troopers, all students and staff were evacuated. The building has since been cleared and staff can return. Students are done for the day.
Troopers say the incident still under investigation as suspect undergoes questioning.
The Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES has confirmed that there was a possible threat to the Wayne Technical and Career Center and Wayne Education center.
BOCES released the following statement on the incident:
This morning, our administrative team was made aware of a possible threat to our building and students on our Williamson campus.
In response, we quickly began our emergency protocol, including a building evacuation of all our students and staff, so the New York State Police can investigate this threat. To support the investigation, all classes and programs on the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Williamson Campus have been dismissed for the day. Our campus was declared safe and cleared by the New York State Police. All classes and programs will resume on Monday morning.
As this is an ongoing investigation, we will continue to work in partnership with the New York State Police as they thoroughly investigate this situation. As always, our number one priority remains the well-being and safety of our students and staff. All threats to our programs and students are taken very seriously by the District Personnel and Law Enforcement.
The Wayne Central School District also posted the following statement on their website:
This morning we were made aware of a possible threat to the building and students at the Wayne Technical and Career Center and Wayne Education Center.
We have conducted our emergency protocol, including a building evacuation of all our students and staff, so the New York State Police can investigate this threat. All students and staff are safe. All afternoon classes are cancelled to enable the investigation, including the early dismissals for all our Wayne Education Center students.
We will continue to work in partnership with the New York State Police as they investigate this situation.
The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We will continue to share more information as it becomes available.
Thank you to all our students, staff and law enforcement for your quick actions and assistance during this situation that supported the safety of all involved.
New York State Police have confirmed that students at the Wayne Education Center in Williamson have been sent home while they investigate an incident.
All after school activities have also been cancelled.
State Police are currently on scene and News 8 has a crew on the way. We will provide updates as they become available.