GLENVILLE -- A substitute Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake bus monitor is facing child endangerment charges after he threatened to shoot four students on a district elementary school bus Wednesday, police said.
The district's school resource officer investigated and deemed the threat not-credible, but Glenville Police determined the alleged statement was a crime and filed the misdemeanor charges. The district also fired him immediately.
John F. Jankowy, 73, of Glenville, was serving as a bus monitor on a Pashley Elementary School bus at the time of the incident, according to police and the school district officials. The incident happened in the Glenville part of the district.
"I give up. I'm just going to shoot you guys, that's all," Jankowy told the children, according to police allegations filed in court. "I just live over here. I know you guys. I'm just going to haunt you."
Jankowy allegedly made the statements on Fredericks Road in Glenville at about 8:19 a.m. and addressed four students sitting toward the rear of the bus, authorities allege.
Glenville police confirmed Thursday afternoon that they do not believe Jankowy poses any threat.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Superintendent Patrick McGrath Jr. addressed the incident in a letter to parents Wednesday, noting the threat was deemed not credible.
"Regardless, we have zero tolerance for threats of violence, and as such, the substitute bus monitor was immediately terminated and removed permanently from the BH-BL substitute hiring list," McGrath wrote.
"We'd like to remind parents that we work diligently to maintain a safe environment for our students, in our building and on our buses," McGrath wrote. "Every school day, our security protocols are strictly enforced, and we ensure that our safety procedures are being closely followed."
Jankowy was arraigned and released to return to court later.
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