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Schenectady mother faces terror threat count: 'I'm going to blow that school up'

Schenectady mother faces terror threat count: 'I'm going to blow that school up'

Mont Pleasant, Paige placed on lockout as result
Schenectady mother faces terror threat count: 'I'm going to blow that school up'
Mont Pleasant Middle School.
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A student's mother is facing charges after she threatened to "blow that school up" and go the next day with "guns a blazing," according to police.

The threats, made by phone, resulted in both Mont Pleasant Middle School and Paige Elementary School being placed on lock out on Jan. 25 and the following day, according to court documents.

The mother, Kristina A. Singleton, 30, faces a felony count of making a terroristic threat. She was arrested Jan. 26.

Singleton had requested a change in her elementary school child's drop-off point after school to accommodate her work schedule, prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said. The prosecutor said she understands the district had yet to decide on the request, but Singleton became frustrated that she didn't get approval quickly.

She went to the school days before the phone calls and argued with staff, Lorusso said. She then made two separate threatening phone calls on Jan. 25, police said.

According to court documents, in one call to an official at the school district's Mont Pleasant offices, Singleton told the school employee, "Never mind; you wait there. I'm leaving work, and I'll be there in 10 minutes. I'm going to [expletive] you up. I'm going to blow that school up." She then called a secretary in the same building and allegedly told her she would show up at the school the next morning, Jan. 26, with "guns a blazing." 

"The defendant's actions caused reasonable expectation and fear of the imminent commission of such offense causing the school to be placed on 'lock out' and police to be contacted," the charging paperwork states.

Lock outs prevent people from entering the school, but the day goes on as normal. The lock outs at the schools continued until mid-morning on the Jan. 26.

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