Update: The Threat That Led To Indian River Schools' Shutdown
According to a statement given to police, a Fort Drum man told a parent he often thought of shooting up a school and that he planned to kill her son, but let her daughter live.
The remarks prompted the Indian River School District to lock down the building on Wednesday.
Jefferson County Sheriff's detectives charged 22 year old Caleb J. Larson with making a terroristic threat, a class "D" felony.
Holly MacCue told officials that she had been talking with Larson on Saturday when he made the remarks.
"Caleb said he has guns and can get guns anytime he wants," MacCue said in her police statement.
Larson is alleged to have said he has always thought about shooting up a school before asking MacCue where her children attend class.
Her children go to school at Evans Mills Primary.
MacCue told her mother, Kathy MacCue, about Larson's statements.
Kathy MacCue, who is a cafeteria worker at Evans Mills Primary School, reported the remarks to school officials on Wednesday.
Larson was was arrested Wednesday evening and arraigned in LeRay Town Court.
He was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Our earlier reporting...
The Indian River School District was locked down for about a half hour Wednesday morning because of a possible threat.
Superintendent Jim Kettrick says district officials learned around 8:40 a.m. that someone might be bringing a weapon to the Evans Mills Primary School.
Sheriff's detectives were interviewing a suspect Wednesday afternoon.
A staff member learned of the threat and notified district officials.
The school's resource officer -- a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy -- responded, along with other deputies and state police.
Kettrick said officials' initial investigation revealed other district buildings might be involved, so the entire district was locked down.
The Evans Mills school was searched, but no threat was found.
After 15 to 30 minutes, Kettrick said, officials determined there was no longer an active threat and the lockdown was lifted.
"There is no emergency to the community, there's no emergency to the children," said Undersheriff Paul Trudeau,"they're all safe, they're all proceeding in classes."
"I can't say enough about how quickly the state troopers and the sheriff's department responded to this, as well as Evans Mills," Kettrick said. "The police presence was very extensive."
Police continue to investigate the incident. There's still a police presence in the district as a precaution and to reassure students and parents.
The district is operating normally now, Kettrick said, but officials are controlling access to all buildings.
Friday, August 22, 2014, Watertown, NY
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