Update: Teen Released On Bail After Allegedly Waving Gun At School
Police said it began as a war of words between students from two neighboring school districts on the social networking site Facebook.
It ended with the arrest of a Potsdam Central School teenager who came to Colton-Pierrepont Central apparently looking for a fight - except in this instance, he was allegedly armed with a rifle.
Officials said 16 year old Sawyer Pignona was jailed and later released on $10,000 bail after he allegedly waved a rifle from the window of a car he was riding in to several students and a coach who were at a lacrosse practice in a school parking lot.
"This is really a breach of confidence," said District Superintendent Joseph Kardash.
While you can't see any weapon because of the distance involved, surveillance video obtained by 7 News (pictured) shows the suspect car entering the parking lot driveway, turning around and then leaving.
"The window came down and an object was waved out the window and the coach wasn't sure. He said, 'That looked like a gun.' At that point, he collected the kids, went inside, we locked down the school," said Kardash.
Most of the students had left school for the day when the incident occurred.
Once state police secured the scene, parents were allowed to pick up students.
State police investigators charged Pignona with felony criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.
One investigator said although it doesn't appear the teenager pointed the gun at anyone specific, bringing the gun onto school property in an attempt to intimidate goes "far beyond using poor judgment".
The investigation into the incident is continuing and an additional arrest is expected.
Our earlier report:
A Potsdam teenager remains jailed on $10,000 bail after he allegedly flashed a long gun from the window of a vehicle driving through the parking lot at Colton-Pierrepont Central School Monday afternoon.
State police Investigator Christopher Nye says 16 year old Sawyer Pignona was a passenger in a vehicle when the gun was displayed to a group of students outside the school shortly after classes had dismissed for the day.
According to the district's Facebook page, "all students were brought into the building and all doors were locked" immediately following the incident.
Once police secured the scene "parents were called to pick up students and after-school activities were cancelled."
Pignona was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, and second degree menacing.
Police say the incident could be connected to an ongoing dispute between students at Colton-Pierrepont and Potsdam central schools.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Watertown, NY
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