Canton Central School student charged after making threat via social media


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CANTON — The Canton Central School student who made a threat via social media Tuesday has been charged with a felony, according to Canton Village Police.

The 17-year-old male student was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony, Chief James R. Santimaw said.

The student was arraigned in Canton Town Court and released to a family member.

“We received notification yesterday mid-morning from the school that they had a student who posted a threat on social media,” Mr. Santimaw said. “Our investigation revealed that the post threatened to kill one or more individuals at the school.”

On Tuesday, parents and students at Canton Central School District were alerted about an alleged threat made on social media by a high school student.

School officials said they immediately informed the village Police Department and turned the matter over to law enforcement.

“No one was harmed or directly threatened by the student. The student has been removed from school pending further investigation,” an email sent to parents at 2:01 p.m. said.

“Canton Central School and the Canton Police Department take these matters seriously and the safety of the student body, its faculty and staff are paramount and any and all measures will be taken to ensure that the school remains a safe and secure place in our community,” Mr. Santimaw said.


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