Upstate N.Y. juvenile arrested for connection to Mount de Sales Academy threat

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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.

 

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Amanda is a producer and anchor for 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. She comes to Macon from Watertown, NY where she was a reporter, fill in producer and anchor for three years at WWNY. She covered everything from hundred year old birthdays to the shooting death of a New York State Trooper. She also earned a Syracuse Press Club Award for her feature story "A Cheer for Keslie," about a young woman with down syndrome who joins her high school cheer team and is accepted and loved by her squad. Amanda is originally from Brookfield, Connecticut, a small town in the western part of the state. She attended Western Connecticut State University and graduated in May 2014 with a B.A in Media Arts Production. From there she went on to get her master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University. When she's not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends.