Police: Student arrested after making threats to harm other students

Updated: 05/19/2014 11:14 PM
Created: 05/18/2014 9:53 PM WHEC.com

A Medina student has been arrested after police say he made threats to harm students in school on Monday.

Police arrested 18-year-old Mackenzie Barrett for making a terrorist threat, a felony charge.

Investigators say he made “very concerning” threats on social media, threatening to harm other students.

Medina School Superintendent Jeff Evoy says he was advised of the alleged threat late Friday evening. Evoy suspended Barrett and contacted the Medina Police Department.

Evoy sent a recorded message to parents notifying them of the situation.

Here is the full statement from the Medina School Superintendent:

Dear Parents,

Late Friday evening, I was advised of an alleged threat made by a current Medina High School student regarding the individual’s plans to harm other Medina High School students at school on Monday.  Upon learning of the alleged threat, District officials immediately contacted the Medina Police Department.  It is my understanding that a criminal investigation remains on-going.  The District has suspended the student from school and is moving forward with a discipline proceeding regarding the alleged conduct.  To protect the integrity of the investigation and proceeding, the District cannot provide further comment at this time.

The Medina Central School District will continue to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff.  Please know that the safety of students and staff is our number one priority.  Any threats will be dealt with in a serious manner. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 798-2700.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Jeffrey Evoy

Barrett was arraigned and taken to Orleans County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.

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