A 13-year-old student is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening to harm Port Byron Central School District students Wednesday, state police said.
A male student was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, according to a press release. Troopers said the student made "claims of harming other students" at the school. Investigators didn't believe that the student would carry out the threat or that other students or staff were in danger, the release said.
A press release from the Port Byron Central School District said that 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. Several students overheard the student and reported to staff, the release said. The district removed the student from class and contacted police.
Following the incident, Michael Jorgensen, principal of Dana L. West Junior/Senior High School, held an assembly about the legal and disciplinary consequences of making threats.
“We absolutely will not tolerate any type of threat,” Jorgensen said in the press release. “Whether it is intended as a prank or a joke, it is taken seriously.”
The boy was processed for the charge, released to the custody of a legal guardian and was given an appearance ticket for Cayuga County Family Court for a later date, according to the state police's press release.
The district has experienced other scares in recent days. The district said Monday that a student falsely claimed that he had seen a Facebook post claiming that a bomb threat "would be carried out sometime this week at Port Byron CSD," but the student later admitted to falsely reporting the incident and that no such threat was made.
Another student, a 12-year-old, was charged on Feb. 16 with making a terroristic threat in connection with posts on social media.