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October 23, 2017

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Posted 09/19/17

Case of mistaken identity leads to report of attempted abduction

Gloversville School District officials are assuring parents and the community that an incident at Kingsborough Elementary School Tuesday afternoon was not an attempted abduction. A set of unique circumstances, which led to a case of mistaken identity for a young student, resulted in a report of an attempted abduction being filed with the Gloversville Police Department. Principal Kimberly Ross explained the confusion was the result of mistaken identity involving two young students with the same name.

“The incident was clearly the result of human error. When the mistake was brought to our attention, we acted immediately to correct it,” Ross said. “The student had not left school grounds, and I can assure parents that at no time was any child in danger. We understand that this incident was deeply upsetting to all involved, especially for the parents and students, and for that we sincerely apologize.”

Gloversville Police investigated the incident and determined no criminal activity had occurred. School and district officials are reviewing protocols and are taking steps to prevent a similar incident from happening again. A letter will be sent home to parents tomorrow.