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15-year-old student arrested, accused of making threats against Amsterdam schools via social media

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AMSTERDAM — A 15-year-old Amsterdam schools student was arrested Wednesday, accused of making threats against Amsterdam schools on social media, authorities said.

District officials described the teen as a student in Amsterdam schools. The student faces a felony charge of making a terroristic threat, police said.

“We want to thank the Montgomery County Sheriffs and Amsterdam Police Department for their swift and thorough action in investigating this matter and keeping our students and staff safe,” Superintendent Richard Ruberti said in a statement. “The threat was not credible, but nevertheless, there are consequences for making such threats. Parents should reinforce this message with their children.”

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The investigation began at about 1:30 a.m. when police were notified by a parent of a threat their child viewed on social media, police said. The threat indicated there would be a shooting at Amsterdam schools Wednesday, police said.

Police then reached out to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. The joint investigation then led to the identity of the person who created the account from which the threat originated, the 15-year-old Amsterdam resident, police said.

Police found the teen and interviewed the teen with a parent. The teen then made admissions to creating the account and sending the threatening message, police said.

Police then determined the threat to not be credible. They also charged the teen with the felony, police said. Police did not identify the teen due to the teen’s age.

The district was notified of the threat at about 6 a.m. Wednesday and school was in session while the sheriff’s office investigated, the district said.

The district had extra police presence in all buildings throughout the day.

The incident follows another from last fall that put Amsterdam High School under a hold in place order for more than an hour after a social media threat then.

That incident also resulted in the arrest of a student, age 17, on a felony making a terroristic threat charge, officials said then.

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