By Matthew Saari

State Police arrested a Whitehall elementary student last week and charged him with making a “terroristic threat” against Whitehall High School.

The charge stems from an investigation last Tuesday when Whitehall Elementary School administrators were made aware that the student, whose name was not released due to his age, was “going to ‘shoot up’ the high school with an automatic weapon.”

School superintendent Patrick Dee said the matter was brought to the attention of school administrators by “some students who indicated they were following the school’s ‘If You See Something or Hear Something, Say Something’ policy.”

Dee said elementary school principal Richard Trowbridge corralled the student and took him to the building’s main office, then immediately alerted both the student’s parents and New York State Police, who investigated the matter, deeming it non-credible.

“They did not feel the student had a particular plan in place,” Dee said.

State Police said Monday that although the threat was deemed non-credible, the youth is still being charged with “making a terroristic threat,” which is a felony.

New York Penal Law 490.20 reads: “A person is guilty of making a terroristic threat when with intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination or kidnapping, he or she threatens to commit or cause to be committed a specified offense and thereby causes a reasonable expectation or fear of the imminent commission of such offense.

Because of the offender’s minor status – State Police would not release his actual age – the case has been referred to probationary court and Washington County attorney Roger Wickes.

 

This is only a preview of the story published in the Whitehall Times. To read the full story, pick up a print copy of this week’s paper at the newsstand or read it online here.

Comments

comments

Drive Your Cares Away - Join St. Catherine’s Center for Children at Colonie Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, September 29 for the 2nd Annual Dr. Arthur J. Wallingford Memorial Golf Outing

Tags: , , , , , , ,

North Country FreePress, August 14, 2020

Lakes Region FreePress, August 14, 2020

Parents, call school regarding transport

Whitehall Central School District eyes A/B day schedule.

By Jay Mullen Whitehall Central School District is still waiting on members of the community to inform them if they […]

My View: Granville school plan ‘not good’

gcs

To the Editor: I cannot in good conscience sit back and watch what is unfolding at the Granville High School […]

Granville Sentinel 8.13.20

Whitehall Times 8.13.20

Hartford withholds payment for poor-quality road work

The Hartford town hall will still be open for its regular business hours.

By Jay Mullen Hastings Road in Hartford needs to be dug up and repaved because of the poor-quality materials used, […]

Obituary: Terry E. Knipes

terry knipes

Terry E. Knipes, 58, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Terry was born on January 21, 1962. He was […]

School to fund pre-K program If state funding isn’t provided

gcs

By Jay Mullen Granville’s Board of Education has decided to locally fund the school’s Universal Pre-kindergarten program if the state […]

Wells Village Library plans books and ice cream event

Wells Village Library

On Thursday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Wells Village Library will host an evening of books and […]

School reopening plan OK’d, community meetings set

gcs

By Jay Mullen The Granville Board of Education unanimously approved the school district’s reopening plan at its meeting on Monday, […]

Florida computer company takes ownership of former TD Bank building

td bank

By Matthew Saari The sale of the former TD Bank building on Main Street has closed. The buyer is Compu-Design […]