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Niskayuna teen accused of making terroristic threat identified

Niskayuna teen accused of making terroristic threat identified

The posts included references to a 'North Korea Sleeper Cell Organization'
Niskayuna teen accused of making terroristic threat identified
Niskayuna High School
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A 17-year-old Niskayuna High School student was charged with a felony count of making a terroristic threat

He was also charged with one felony count of soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism.

The charges, filed Tuesday against William Zhou of Niskayuna, was connected to posts he made on Facebook around 3 p.m. that day. Niskayuna police alleged in the felony complaint that Zhou's Facebook posts constituted a threat and solicitation of support to bomb Niskayuna High School.

Zhou's Facebook account included a series of posts over the course of about an hour on Tuesday, the first posts to the account in over a month. The posts included references to a "North Korea Sleeper Cell Organization" as well as the suggestion: "Let's go march on Washington D.C. and hopefully blow up the white house."

One of the posts stated, "attack Niskayuna High School" followed by GPS coordinates, but it did not specifically threaten a bomb at the school. In the complaint, police alleged that the posts "caused an imminent fear of safety." 

Zhou was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday night. Zhou's attorney Brendan Keller did not comment when reached shortly before that appearance. 

Gazette reporter Steven Cook contributed to this report.

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