Unatego Teen Arrested For BOCES Bomb Threat
On Tuesday afternoon, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer assigned Masonville, NY, B.O.C.E.S. Harrold Campus was advised that a threatening note, indicating the presence of a bomb, was discovered within classroom shortly before afternoon dismissal. The B.O.C.E.S. Campus was immediately evacuated and all students were transported to their home schools.
A subsequent search of the B.O.C.E.S. Campus, conducted by Delaware County Sheriff's Deputies and members of the New York State Police, including New York State Police bomb detection canine “Loc”, revealed no evidence of an explosive device on that campus.
After further investigation by Delaware County Sheriff's Office Investigators, a sixteen year old male B.O.C.E.S. student from Unatego was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Investigators and charged with one count of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Second Degree, a Class E Felony. The student was arraigned in the Town of Meredith Court Wednesday evening and was released on recognizance pending his re-appearance in that Court on a future date.
Speaking on the arrest, Sheriff Craig DuMond remarked “parents need to take time and have meaningful discussions with their children regarding threats being made toward our schools. All threats, whether serious or not, will be taken very seriously by law enforcement and will result in criminal charges in addition to school sanctions”.