Upstate N.Y. juvenile arrested for connection to Mount de Sales Academy threat
MACON, Ga (WMGT/41NBC) – A juvenile was arrested in Tonawanda, New York, near Buffalo, for their connection to a school shooting threat made towards Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.
Mount de Sales Academy students were evacuated Friday morning after the threat was made.
Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputies tell 41NBC someone posted a threatening message in the comments section of the school’s morning announcements on a private YouTube channel.
“I’m shooting up the school today,” the message said. “Leave while you can.”
The school immediately notified police and evacuated students.
“They evacuated the students off the campus property and around the sides of the campus property,” said Lt. Sean Defoe with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. “Once that had happened, K9 units arrived on scene, and the entire school was swept. Once the school was cleared and the students were cleared, they were taken in the school and parents were notified as well by school staff.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, the suspect, who’s name is not being released at this time due to his age, is facing state level charges in New York.
“I want to thank our law enforcement partners in New York and Macon for acting swiftly to make this arrest. They are to be commended for their hard work,” said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, U.S. Attorney Middle District of Georgia.