GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - The Gloversville Police Department has arrested a man for threatening to "shoot up the Gloversville High School Columbine style" leading to the district schools to go into lockout Wednesday.
Police say they have arrested 24-year-old Trevor Blanchard of Speculator for allegedly making online threats via social media site Snapchat to a female Gloversville High School student.
Police say he sent a 14-year-old girl photos of his genitals.
the line asked her to expose the intimate parts of her person. The student came
forward, reporting it to the police department earlier this week. She also
notified police that Blanchard was allegedly making a threat against her and the
school," said Police Chief Donald VanDuesen. "When she refused to send back
text message pictures of parts of her body, he decided he was going to threaten
her personally and if she didn'tdo it by a certain time he'd go columbine on
the high school."
Due to the threat, district officials and the police department met and determined police would provide an increased presence at schools in the district on Wednesday until the threat could be investigated and to ensure the safety of the 800 plus students and faculty members.
A lockout was initiated for about one hour Wednesday with heightened awareness at each of school building. The school website states a police presence was at the school on Monday, as well, having officers walk through the hallways to help ensure students' safety.
Blanchard is being charged with Making Terroristic Threats, a felony. He has also been charged with Disseminating Indecent Materials to Minors, a felony, for allegedly sending images sexual in nature to the 14-year-old female and requesting she send him nude photos in return.
The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.
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