Teen says terroristic post was a joke

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Instagram threat the youth posted Thursday night

MONTICELLO – Police have arrested a 14-year-old Monticello school
district student for posting a threatening post on Instagram.

The 14-year-old youth used the profile name of “blaxckhood”
stating he was going to shoot up the Monticello schools on Friday, September
21.

As a precaution, the school district cancelled all classes and after-school
events.

Monticello Police and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office worked throughout
the night Thursday into Friday with the State Police, FBI and Sullivan
County District Attorney’s Office and on Friday afternoon, arrested
the youth, charging him with a felony of making a terroristic threat.

The boy told the authorities the post was meant to be a joke and wasn’t
meant to hurt anyone.

The family of the youth has been cooperative during the investigation,
and it has been confirmed that the child did not have access to firearms.
The investigation indicated the boy acted alone.

The boy was released at the direction of family court to a relative.

“The swift arrest of this individual should send the message that
there will be a quick and coordinated response to any threat and those
responsible will be held accountable,” said Sheriff Michael Schiff.

“The Sullivan County law enforcement community has demonstrated
once again, that we will work tirelessly to remove any threats to our
way of life,” said Monticello Police Chief Robert Mir.