Suspended Lowville Academy Student Arrested After Alleged ThreatPosted: Updated:
A 14 year old boy has been arrested in connection with an alleged threat at Lowville Academy & Central School.
The boy, whose name was not released due to his age, was charged with a misdemeanor count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident.
District Superintendent Cheryl Steckly said the high school freshman was overheard by several students about three weeks ago saying he wanted to bring a gun to school.
In addition to the alleged gun threat, Steckly said a photo the student posted to his Facebook page also raised concerns.
The picture shows a masked person carrying a gun. It's unknown if the person is the student who was arrested or if the gun is real.
Lowville Police Chief Randy Roggie said he doesn't believe the Facebook photo is of the boy. Roggie told 7 News the teen said the picture wasn't his and claimed someone else tagged him in the post.
However, the school wasn't going to take any chances.
"It certainly heightened our level of concern when we became aware of the Facebook picture and we have shared this information and any other information we have with the local police," said Steckly.
School officials and village police investigated the alleged threat and said staff and students were never in any imminent danger.
The boy was suspended from school.
"The student is out of school until a formal superintendent's hearing and there are not plans to return him at this time. When we will be considering further disciplinary action, we will consider all factors including this and previous record. "
Officials said the teen has had behavioral problems in the past.
Steckly said local police have been on campus to provide a heightened level of security. The district is also reviewing its safety and security policies and looking at changes that need to be made.