Voorheesville student charged with felony for gun threat

NEW SCOTLAND — A 15-year-old Voorheesville student has been charged with a felony for threatening to bring a gun into school and using it on classmates. 

The incident occured on Friday, April 29, around 12:30 p.m., according to Superintendent Frank Macri. The arrested student, who is not being named because of his or her age, had been speaking with other students when “another student heard the situation and brought it to the administration,” Macri said.

No gun was found during a search of the student’s home, said Inspector J.T. Campbell of the Albany County Sheriff's Office, nor were any other weapons. 

The student was arraigned and released on Friday, and is currently under house arrest. House arrest doesn’t preclude the student from being allowed back at school, Campbell said. 

Macri would not say if the student was back in school already, but said the district would be following its student code of conduct on disciplinary matters, which can “run anywhere from reprimand to suspension.”

The student was charged with one count of making a terroristic threat, a class-D felony that comes with an 18-month sentence in a secure detention facility; or up to two years of probation; or a combination of probation and time in a detention center; or what Campbell called an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, meaning if the student kept out of trouble for so many months, the arrest record would be sealed.

If a juvenile has no prior record, Campbell said, then generally speaking, he or she is likely to see their case adjourned. 

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