Boy, 13, accused of bomb threat against Mechanicvillle High

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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— For the second time in less than 24 hours, the Mechanicville City School District contended with a bomb threat, but this one resulted in an arrest.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department investigators took a 13-year-old boy into custody Thursday morning after he allegedly made a “verbal bomb threat” in front of staff at the high school. The boy, whose name was not released by deputies, was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident and released to the custody of his parents.

“Bomb threats are not a joke,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said in a statement. “We take every threat seriously and we will continue to commit all available resources to the protection of our children and our schools. As in this case, those responsible for making these false threats will be arrested and held accountable for their actions.”

The county Probation Department will review the case and determine whether to pursue charges against the boy. Sheriff’s investigators declined to provide additional details about the incident.

The district issued a “shelter in place” order Wednesday afternoon after a nonspecific threat was discovered in a girls’ bathroom at the high school. The Sheriff’s Department was notified and swept the school with a bomb-sniffing dog as a precaution.

Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to probe Wednesday’s threat.

They do not believe it to be related to the threat made Thursday.

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