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Seneca County teen charged with making threat at Hornell High School

A 14-year-old from Seneca County has been accused of threatening the safety of students at the Hornell High School Friday.

According to the Hornell Police Department, officers were alerted to the alleged threat around 12 p.m.

That threat was received via social media and reported to school staff immediately.


The Hornell Police Department responded along with members of New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and Canister Police Department.

Extra security was provided on-campus the rest of the day.

State police transported the teen from Seneca County to the Hornell Police Department where he was interviewed about the incident. The 14-year-old was taken to St. James Hospital for an evaluation.

At this point, the juvenile was petitioned to family court for two counts of criminal contempt, as a felony, as well as two counts of criminal contempt, as a misdemeanor. He was also charged with one count of aggravated harassment.

The investigation remains active.
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