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Assault investigation leads to temporary ‘hold in place’ at Seneca Falls schools

Police say one person is in custody after an incident near the middle and high school buildings on Monday.

Around 1 p.m. police arrested Aaron Bates, 21, of Seneca Falls following a dispute on Mynderse Street.

Police responded to the report of an assault that had just occurred on Mynderse Street in the area of the Mynderse Academy High School complex. The assault did not involve any students or staff however, due to the nature of the call the school was placed in a ‘hold in place’ protocol until the situation was investigated.


Police said students were never in danger. Following the investigation it was determined that Bates intentionally used his vehicle to drive over the sidewalk striking another individual.

The victim did not sustain any injuries in the incident and refused medical treatment. Police say Bates was taken into custody.

Bates was charged with reckless endangerment, two counts of menacing, and driving a vehicle on or across a sidewalk. He was processed and will answer the charges at a later date.


Superintendent Jeramy Clingerman issued the following statement following the incident:

“At approximately 12:50 this afternoon, the Middle School and Mynderse Academy were put into a Hold in Place protocol, which means travel in the building is restricted and nobody is to leave the building, and nobody can enter. This response was put in place based on the directive of our School Resource Officer, Sgt. Poole. The Seneca Falls Police Department was responding to a call at a neighboring residence and Sgt. Poole apprehended the resident in the Middle School parking lot without incident. Once this individual was taken into custody the Hold in Place was lifted. The incident is still under investigation. Thank you to the students and staff for their quick response and cooperation during the Hold in Place. Keeping everyone safe is our number one priority.”

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