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Teen charged with threatening school children

POUGHKEEPSIE – A 17-year-old Town of Beekman boy was arrested by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and charged with making threats that he was going to shoot children at schools.

The youth, not identified by police because of his age, was arrested at 2 a.m. on Thursday, hours after they began their investigation following a tip that he was making threats to harm school children.

The suspect was taken into custody at his home after investigation by sheriff’s detectives and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Authorities seized evidence resulting from the execution of search warrants at the residence.

The teen was charged with the misdemeanor of aggravated harassment. He was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or bond.

The threats allegedly made referenced shootings at school; however, he did not identify any particular school as a target. Even though the boy allegedly made the threats, police said there was no evidence found to indicate he was going to attempt to carry them out or that he had the means by which to do it.

Police believe he acted alone and there is no indication anyone else was involved.  The investigation is continuing and police said other charges are possible.