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Lansing High School: Teen charged with threatening school shooting on Snapchat

A Tompkins County teen has been charged with making a threat on social media about the Lansing High School.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to Lansing High School around 8:48 a.m. on Wednesday for the report of a threat against the school.


Deputies then learned about a Snapchat post from a 16-year-old, who referenced shooting the school.

That post had been shared by another student, who commented on and reiterated the threat. Administrators soon saw the post- then took immediate action.

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The district has been cooperating with law enforcement since the incident. Deputies don’t believe the school is at continued risk, but deputies will be present there throughout the remainder of the year.

The teen, who was not identified, was charged with making a terroristic threat. Measures have also been taken to make sure the student does not have access to firearms.

“I commend our Lansing School officials for their prompt action and notification to law enforcement, this was handled extremely well,” Sheriff Osborne said after. “Parents are asked to speak with their children about the seriousness of such posts, and that law enforcement must take them seriously. Anyone observing such posts should not make assumptions regarding their validity but rather should report them immediately.”

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