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Gloversville student faces disciplinary action for post on social media site


GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Gloversville High School officials are taking swift action after a student posted a potential threat to the school on Twitter.

The school district and police say they reacted immediately and the student was arrested after allegedly threatening to "shoot up" the school.

Police say the 16-year-old tweeted the threatened after being unhappy about some things that were going on in the school.

The school says the tweet was in response to a song played during Music Monday, when songs are played via the loudspeaker between classes.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said "Had one student who didn't like the music, he went in class, used his mobile device, wrote inappropriate comments which could be taken as a threat against the school."

Vanyo said he understands the student may not have meant what he said in the tweet, but they have to take all potential threats seriously.

"It was one call from the district, ball already rolling. We had people on the ground at the school talking to people and individuals and really nipping it in the bud as it were to be," explained Captain John Siro with the Gloversville Police Department.

The student faces disciplinary action in the school and he was charged with a misdemeanor of Making a False Report.

The school district said they will spend Tuesday and Wednesday having officers speak with students during gym class.

"We wanted to make it a teachable moment and educate students and take every threat seriously and make sure every student is safe," said Captain Siro.

The school also posted on their website, letting parents know about the incident and what was done to address the situation.

Parents are also being urged to talk with their children about the dangers of posting on social media.

"I'm not saying for people not to use social media talk to them about smart decisions but be involved. It's ok to pry sometimes to make sure students are safe," said Vanyo.

School officials and police are saying this incident is now a lesson learned, if a threat is put on the internet, it will be taken seriously.

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