NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Niagara Falls School District student is facing serious charges after allegedly calling in a threat about a middle school in the district. Police say the call was made Wednesday afternoon from Niagara Falls High School. The 14-year-old student allegedly made a bomb threat and a shooting threat about Gaskill Middle School.
Police say the student called Niagara County dispatch and said there was a hostage situation at Gaskill Middle School. Dispatch called the student back, and the student said he wanted $1 million or he was going to shoot someone in the head. Police say the student made the call from his friend's mother's cell phone.
Niagara Falls Police say in about an hour they determined the threat was not credible. Gaskill Middle School was in lockdown for two hours on Wednesday.
Detective Lorrie Alvarz said, "It's stupidity. Kids just don't think nowadays."
Police say all available resources were put into the call. They report that the student initially denied making the call at first, but they had the call recorded.
"He says, 'I don't know why I did it; it was just a joke. I didn't think they were going to it that serious,'" Detective Alvarz said.
Niagara Falls School District Spokesperson Judie Glaser says the district followed policy during the incident. The district says they take threats seriously in this day and age, when there have been mass shootings at schools. Glaser says there was no time when the students and school were in danger.
"It seems to have been what we used to call a prank," Glaser said. "Today, in the age we live in, we just can't afford not to take these things seriously."
A Niagara Falls Detective says the student is charged with terroristic threat and aggravated harassment, a felony and a misdemeanor. The case is being handled in Family Court so the identity of the teenager is not being released.
Detective Alvarz said, "Any threats that are made are going to be taken seriously. We are going to investigate them to the fullest extent we can investigate them and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law that we can. Nobody's going to walk away."
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