Hudson Valley Teen Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Classmates
A 17-year-old student is in jail after allegedly making terroristic threats to shoot up classmates in a Hudson Valley high school.
The teen is in Dutchess County Jail on a $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond after being arrested on Dec. 13 by the Hyde Park Police Department. The defendant has also been ordered to undergo a full mental health evaluation by Hyde Park Justice Jean McArthur who arraigned the suspect Tuesday morning.
Hyde Park Police received a call from a concerned citizen that indicated that the teen had made a post on social media about shooting students.
Officers located the FDR High School student at his residence and brought him to the station for questioning. He was later charged with "Making a Terroristic Threat" on the advice of a Dutchess County District Attorney's Bureau Chief who was also present at the arraignment.
The time period from the post to arrest was short and, according to HPPD Lieutenant Bob Benson, it was because, "We take these complaints seriously and respond rapidly. Children need to understand the consequences of their actions, including being entered into the criminal justice system."