Teens arrested after posting threatening video

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Three teenagers and a ten year old face charges of making a terroristic threat after allegedly creating and posting two extremely disturbing videos on social media.   

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said all of them are students in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district.

The four of them are accused of creating two videos of a school shooting scenario.

The first video starts out with one of the teens saying “I’ve always hated school.”

The Sheriff said they used what’s believed to be a fake gun and edited in blood and gunfire before posting it on social media.

“They were mocking their classroom and you can see the one kid sitting at what appears to be a desk and they talk about a teacher and racism and they mention the N word a few times,” said Sheriff Apple. “Then incomes somebody shooting them up and you can see the girl trying to hide… pulls the girl out and shoots her a few more times.”

One of the student’s peers saw the video Friday night and sent it to the school’s superintendent who immediately notified police.

Sheriff Apple said he considers the video a credible threat and all four students were charged accordingly. They’ve also been suspended from school indefinitely.

“They are young and people will think well they’re just kids,” said Sheriff Apple, “This is above and beyond being kids, this is graphic. It shows them shooting guns and killing people as well as some of the racist remarks that are being mentioned.”

Due to the student’s age, they have been released back into custody of their parents and a search warrant was executed to each of their homes.

“This is gunna be taken as serious as we can,” said Sheriff Apple. “There’s no warnings. You will be charged and you will be prosecuted to the fullest. We are not concerned about how old you are. You cannot do this and expect to get away with it.”

He said all four are scheduled to appear in family court on Monday morning. 

“This should be a lesson learned to anybody out there who is thinking of doing something so stupid.”

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