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Halfmoon youth made bomb threat: police

Friday, February 15, 2013
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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.

 
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February 15, 2013
3:51 p.m.
Sparkys_Dad says...

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.
Will1960 says...

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.

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