NEW ROCHELLE, NY — New Rochelle Police Youth Detectives have completed a second investigation into a 6th grade boy making a verbal threat of a sexual nature to a fellow student at Albert Leonard Middle School.
In a statement, a New Rochelle Police Department spokesperson confirmed the second complaint. The police were contacted by the parent of an Albert Leonard Middle School student. The student had just told the parent, that about 2 weeks prior, another student had made a threatening comment towards her daughter while in the cafeteria. The daughter did not report the threat to School Officials.
In both cases, the New Rochelle Police Department issued a statement “subsequent investigation by Youth Detectives determined that the conduct was verbal, and does not rise to the level of a crime. The matter is being handled by the New Rochelle School District.”
Due to the age of the student under investigation, no further information was made available by the police.
An unknown number of parents came forward with complaints late last week to the school administration about the same 6th grade boy who has not been in school for the past several days, sources say.
An email was sent to the parents and guardians of students at Albert Leonard Middle School about the first incident reported on Thursday, June 3:
Dear ALMS Community Members,
We are writing to inform you of an unacceptable incident on June 2, 2021 at Albert Leonard Middle School.
A verbal threat of a sexual nature was made from one student to another. There was no physical contact between the students during this incident, which took place in a setting supervised by District personnel.
Albert Leonard Middle School leadership was immediately alerted, and quickly took action under the District’s Code of Conduct, which included notifying police. Law enforcement is now reviewing the matter, and appropriate administrative action was taken by Albert Leonard Middle School officials to address the matter with the students involved.
The City School District of New Rochelle and Albert Leonard Middle School assures parents and guardians that students are safe in school. Nothing is more important than the safety and health of our students and staff.
Thank you for your trust and understanding. We will continue to keep you apprised to the extent that is legally permissible and appropriate.
John Barnes, Matt Lucero, Chris Salinas
The ALMS Administrative Team