LANSING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office was called to Lansing High School Tuesday morning after they were alerted to a reported threat by two students. Authorities say it's the second time this June that’s happened.   

Lansing High School contacted the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office a little before 10 a.m. after hearing speculation about two students discussing a so-called "kill list." The school took swift action in contacting law enforcement after they learned about the alleged threat. Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne is a long-time advocate for more police safety in school areas and has worked on developing that since becoming sheriff four years ago.   

“We have deputies check in with the schools from time to time to see what's going on,” Osborne said. “We try to build that relationship, not only with the faculty but the students as well.”   

Osborne feels preparing for these situations relies on the relationship between school districts and law enforcement.   

"At the end of the day, it's all about relationships and building them in times when there's not emergency situations, so when things happen, we're prepared to work together, we know where we're coming from, and can handle these things together,” Osborne said.  

Both teens, ages 15 and 16, are charged with Making a Terroristic Threat. The 15-year-old will be processed as a juvenile, while the 16-year-old is charged as an adult. Osborne says the recent shootings nationwide have required law enforcement on all levels to take even the smallest threat seriously.   

“We take these complaints extremely serious,” Osborne said. “We're going to make arrests possible when things like this happen because we're going to send that message and we're going to prevent incidences like that from happening in our county the best way that we can.”   

Superintendent of Lansing Central School District Chris Pettograsso released the following statement after the incident.  

“It has been a difficult time for our Lansing school community. Emails regarding school safety concerns are extremely disheartening and cause a great deal of fear and potential distress. It is my hope that the districts continued communications, prompt actions and collaboration with our community law enforcement as well as additional county support groups, bring you some sense of relief and trust. As we stated in our previous communication, local law enforcement was notified immediately and we were able to quickly determine that there was not any immediate safety threat.”   

Parents are reminded to speak with their children about the seriousness of making such threats verbally, in writing, or on social media. The Sheriff's Office will also maintain a presence at the school for the rest of the school year. More information regarding the incident can be found on the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office website.