UTICA, N.Y. – Utica Police have identified the teen suspected of making a threat against students at Notre Dame High School on Tuesday.
The threat was made during a conversation on social media, but police determined it was not credible and the teen was not capable of carrying out the threat.
When the threat was reported to the school, parents were alerted and the affected students were given the option to stay home that day. Notre Dame followed protocol and went under lockdown on Wednesday as a security measure.
The 14-year-old suspect, who does not attend Notre Dame, was taken to UPD by his mother on Thursday, where he spoke with an investigator from the Juvenile Aid Unit.
During questioning, police say the teen admitted to creating a social media account and making the threats. A photo of a handgun was sent during the social media interaction, and police have determined the picture was taken from the internet.
This investigation is ongoing and the case will now move to juvenile court.