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Threat called in to Watkins Glen schools was a prank: Investigation leads to Virginia, but no state or federal charges can be filed

The threat called in to a Watkins Glen school earlier this year was part of a prank, prosecutors say.

The District Attorney’s Office in Schuyler County says no charges will be filed because of the offender’s age.

Following months of investigation, DA Joseph Fazzary said officials were able to find the home of the suspect who made a threatening call to the school district in June.


The search led prosecutors to Virginia, and was connected to a dare by teens passing through Schuyler County in June. All of those involved confirmed there was no real danger to students.

No federal or state charges can be filed due to the teens’ age. “A threat of violence to any of our schools in this county will be taken very seriously. They will be investigated and prosecuted where possible,” Fazzary said in a statemtn after.

School leaders thanked the community for their support and called it a lesson learned. The original threat claimed a shooter was on the way to a school in Watkins Glen.



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