Feedback: Youth Intended To Target Police, Authorities Say

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The 16 year old Lowville Academy student who was allegedly planning a gun incident intended to target police.

That's according to Lowville Police Chief Eric Fredenburg.

Fredenburg says the youth was planning to draw police out by creating an incident at either the school or Lowville's Walmart.

"He had intentions of causing harm to police as they arrived," said Fredenburg.

Fredenburg said students and Walmart staff and shoppers were not targeted.

"He never made any mention of causing harm to Walmart or anyone in Walmart or to the school or anyone in the school. It was simply a location that he indicated," he said.

A student at the school overheard the plot.

"He made comments to another student regarding plans he had for the future that included guns," district Superintendent Cheryl Steckly said last Friday.

Officials said the student then informed the assistant principal.

Police were called immediately and the investigation began.

"We're really grateful that students that were aware of this came forward. Took a lot of courage to do that. We're really proud of them," said Steckly on Tuesday.

Fredenburg said the teen has never been in police custody, but is being held at a secure facility.

He said the student's parents are cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

The police investigation continues and includes close communication with the school district and the district attorney's office.

"It's unclear whether there will be a criminal charges. It will depend upon the conclusion of the investigation," said Fredenburg.

Officials said Friday they did not believe the youth had a gun.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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