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Halfmoon youth made bomb threat: police

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— A 13-year-old Halfmoon youth was arrested Wednesday on a felony terrorism charge for allegedly making a bomb threat at a Shenendehowa middle school, state police said.

The youth, who was not identified due to his age, was charged with terrorism and second-degree harassment. He was released to a third party, and will appear in family court, said Troop G spokesman Trooper Mark Cepiel.

The student made a written threat at Koda Middle School at 1:05 p.m. on Feb. 6, according to police information. "It was a written threat on a locker and a surveillance camera captured it," Cepiel said.

The surveillance tape led to the youth's arrest, he said.

The school district declined to comment on the incident.



February 15, 2013
3:51 p.m.

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The kid's 13 for crying out loud.
Get real. He neither had the intent or the means. He's 13!
And stop tossing that terrorism noun around so carelessly. Terrorism is a serious allegation to bestow on any person, especially a kid! He's no darn terrorist. Keep things in perspective, people! Stop crying wolf.

February 16, 2013
2:54 p.m.

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We can thank these senseless zero-tolerance school policies for such an idiotic, over-charging reaction. A kid scribbling some Graffiti on a school locker and he gets charged as a terrorist? Too bad the school declined to comment. Such an interview might have revealed where the source of this lunacy comes from whether it's the police department or the school district. I hope the kid's parents hire a lawyer to fight this injustice so there can be light shed on a really stupid, counter-productive policy and the administrator that implemented it.