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Teen accused of threatening to blow up school

Teen accused of threatening to blow up school

A 16-year-old girl was charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly threatening to blow

A 16-year-old girl was charged with making a terroristic threat after allegedly threatening to blow up her school two days ago at the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs.

It’s the same place where another student allegedly made a terroristic threat less than two months ago, but Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Robert Jillson said the incidents aren’t related.

In the most recent case, police said Riley J. Older, of Greenfield Center, was in a classroom full of students and a teacher when she made the threat.

“ ‘I’m going to blow up the school’ is what she said,” Jillson said.

In December, a 15-year-old boy allegedly made a “terroristic threat” toward faculty and staff at the school at 15 Henning Road, one of several area career and technical education campuses run by Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. Once police arrived, they worked with staff at the school and determined there was no imminent threat to the school or its occupants.

The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was suspended and removed from the school. He was referred to Saratoga County Family Court for “making a terroristic threat,” which would be classified as a felony if committed by an adult. The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is handling that case.

Because Older is 16, she is considered an adult and can be charged as such. She was arrested Friday and has since been arraigned and released to her parents.

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