Updated 03/12/2013 06:52 PM
Trumansburg sex offender scare
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TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- On Monday, police searched for a sex offender who had cut off his tracking bracelet near a Trumansburg school.
The alert passed as authorities believed Shane Jacobs, 30 of Hector, was not in the area.
The incident gave school officials the chance to test their emergency safety procedures. Teachers were given the order to "shelter in place," meaning doors were locked and students could move about only within the building.
Parents were notified and asked to pick up students after school, while extra buses were brought in so that no child walked home.
"We learn every time. We tune it up a little bit every time so we have some ideas for next time. But in general, it was very calm. Thankfully, there never was a real emergency here, but the precaution was warranted," said Michael McGuire, Superintendent.
McGuire credited law enforcement for handling the situation well. Officers are still on the lookout for Jacobs, who was convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 2001.