WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WIVB) — The Williamsville School District is warning the community to be careful opening text messages from unknown cell phone numbers. The warning comes after people in the region received recording of the Jefferson Avenue Tops mass shooting from random numbers.
The school district sent a message to families Wednesday after Amherst police told them people across western New York and students in the district had received videos of Saturday’s mass shooting in Tops.
Williamsville Schools Superintendent Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall asks parents to talk to their children and avoid opening text messages from unknown numbers.
The district said administrators, counselors and mental health support staff are available for students and staff who need to talk.
News 4 has reached out to the Amherst Police Department for more information, we are awaiting a response.
Dear Williamsville Central School District Families and Staff,
I want to share an update with our school community on the information we have received following the traumatic event that unfolded in Buffalo last weekend. The District has been informed that videos of the violent attack are being texted to random numbers throughout our region. We have been informed by the Amherst Police Department (APD) that unfortunately students in our District have been the recipients of these random messages and have reported them.
In our conversations with APD, these text messages, which appear to have numbers from different states and countries, appear to be spam and are currently under investigation.
Have a conversation with your child(ren) and members of your school community. If you or your children receive a text message from a number you don’t recognize, avoid opening that message. No one should have to be relived or re-traumatized by the horror images that unfolded last Saturday.
Our administrators, counselors, and mental health support staff continue to be available for any student or staff member who needs someone to talk to or ask questions.
To be honest,
Darren J. Brown-Hall, MD
superintendent of schools
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