Schenectady man accused of in-person threat to ‘shoot up’ high school, police say

PETER R. BARBER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Schenectady High School sign on The Plaza Thursday, March 5, 2020.
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PETER R. BARBER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Schenectady High School sign on The Plaza Thursday, March 5, 2020.

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SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady man was arrested Thursday, accused of making an in-person threat to Schenectady High School, police said.

Charged in the incident was Zackery R. McWilliams, 24, of Schenectady. He faces one count of making a terroristic threat, a felony, police said.

In the Schenectady High incident, police community engagement officers assigned to the school were alerted by staff of the threat just after 11 a.m., police said.

Staff relayed that a student’s family member was on campus and threatened to “shoot up the school,” police said in a release.

The man then left campus, but was found by police a short time later and arrested, police said.

The person never got into the school and left before any emergency protocols could be initiated, school spokeswoman Karen Corona said. The officers then took it from there, she said. The school day was not interrupted.

McWilliams was to be arraigned later Thursday, police said.

The incident came on the same day as school districts elsewhere in the region received hoax phone-based calls of active shooter incidents in the schools. Officials termed those calls hoaxes and police in those jurisdictions were investigating. Corona also confirmed the Schenectady district was among those who did not receive one of the hoax calls.

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