Statement from Superintendent Evans on the events of Dec. 16

Dear Monticello CSD Community Member,

At approximately 8:00 P.M. on December 15, the Monticello Central School District was made aware of a new threat of violence against the district. This was in addition to the two threats investigated earlier on December 15.

According to law enforcement, this additional threat was made on social media and found to be not credible nor did it originate in the district. Law enforcement believes that this threat was made in an effort to close schools for today, December 16.

The Monticello Central School District takes the safety of all school community members seriously. Working closely with law enforcement, the district is looking to identify and take action against the individuals involved.

With no credible or imminent threat, all schools will be open today and operate as scheduled. There is additional police presence to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

We appreciate the tireless efforts of the New York State Police, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Monticello Police Department, and Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan for their work during these investigations.

And I also thank the students, staff, and community members who reported these posts to law enforcement and school officials. Their prompt responses helped resolve this situation, and identify the individuals involved.

If you receive or notice any threats of school violence, please report them immediately to law enforcement or school official (if during the school day).

Please report, don’t repost.


Matthew T. Evans, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools