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11-year-old Westmoreland student charged after 'concerning' note is found

An 11-year-old student at Westmoreland Middle School is facing charges after a “concerning” note was found in a school bathroom earlier this month.

Posted: Mar. 16, 2018 4:00 PM

WESTMORELAND – An 11-year-old student at Westmoreland Middle School is facing charges after a “concerning” note was found in a school bathroom earlier this month, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

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On March 7, sheriff’s deputies were called to the Westmoreland Middle School "after a tattered note was found in a restroom with a concerning message on it.” State police and Utica police also helped deputies sweep the building, and Sheriff Rob Maciol said that no students were in danger at any time.

Maciol says an 11-year-old middle school student was arrested Friday and charged with felony second-degree falsely reporting an incident and misdemeanor second-degree criminal nuisance.

The student’s reasoning for writing the note was in part because of several other local reports of school threats, according to Maciol.

The student has not been identified due to his age.

The case will now be forwarded to Oneida County Juvenile Probation for further action.

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