State Police announced Wednesday a 13-year old student in the Port Byron School District has been arrested for Making a Terroristic Threat.
State Troopers allege the student made claims of harming other students at the school. At no time did investigators believe his threats would be carried out and at no time were any students or faculty in any danger.
The Port Byron Central School District said in a release district administrators were informed around 11 a.m. Wednesday about the eighth-grade student making threatening statements while speaking to other students during a lunch period. Staff were notified by several students who overheard the student. The student was removed from class and police were contacted.
Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School Principal Michael Jorgensen held an assembly following the alleged incident and spoke to students about the legal and disciplinary consequences of making threats. In the letter posted on the District’s website, Jorgensen said, “We absolutely will not tolerate any type of threat. Whether it is intended as a prank or a joke, it is taken seriously.”
In a statement to Finger Lakes News Radio on Wednesday evening, District Superintendent Neil O’Brien said,
The male student was processed and released to the custody of a legal guardian. He will appear in the Cayuga County Family Court on a later date.
This is the third incident in the school district in the past three weeks. On Monday, a student claimed he had seen a bomb threat posted on Facebook. The student later admitted no threat was made.
A 12-year-old middle school student was charged on Feb. 16 with making a terroristic threat in connection with social media posts. That incident led to a demonstration by parents concerned about a lack of transparency and communication in the district’s response to the incident.