A 17-year-old Penn Yan teen has been charged with felony making a terroristic threat after he posted a Snapchat video of himself Thursday night dressed in all black, with what appeared to be a gun, with the caption “Eric Harris v2.” Eric Harris was one of the shooters involved in the Columbine School shooting and Friday was the 19th anniversary of that incident.
School Resource Officer Jeff Stewart was made aware of Garret Wawrzyk’s post and worked with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office and school district to check Wawrzyk’s welfare and to ensure he was not an immediate threat to the school or anyone else. Wawrzyk was banned from school and officers determined the gun in the Snapchat post was an airsoft gun. Law enforcement responded to Wawrzyks’ home this morning and brought him in for further questioning. A shotgun found at the residence was taken by Penn Yan Police Department.
Wawrzyk was being held at the Penn Yan Police Department awaiting arraignment.
There was an increased police presence at the Penn Yan schools this morning after the district was made aware overnight of what Superintendent Howard Dennis called “some unsettling comments and pictures that were posted on Facebook.”
Dennis tells us the district’s School Resource Officer, along with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, have dealt with the individual that made the posts and it was determined there is not a threat. The increased police presence this morning was to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
In an interview last month, Superintendent Dennis told us safety concerns are taken seriously by the District, their SRO and law enforcement.
Dennis added students and others that threatened the schools will be treated accordingly by the authorities and District.