Updated: November 08, 2019 11:14 PM
Created: November 08, 2019 02:54 PM
ALBION, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Albion police chief announced charges against three students for what police are calling a credible threat that was made against the school.
The threats were discovered on Monday after a threat of violence was reported to a staff member at Albion Middle School.
Police say the threat started from one student to another student, but during their investigation, they say they discovered the threat escalated to other members of the middle school, and eventually to the entire school.
On Thursday, three students were removed from school. Police say they are all under the age of 16, and they used social media to make the threats.
Police say they seized legal firearms and electronic devices, though no further details were given. All three students are suspended from school and authorities want parents to know the school is safe and was never in immediate danger.
Police Chief Roland Nenni wants to remind parents to talk to their kids and remind them if they see something, say something. He also credited one student who came forward with the threat with saving the lives of countless people.
"The plan was to enter the middle school with explosives and incendiary devices and firearms to kill and injure students and staff,” Nenni said. “A date had also been set to carry out that plan. The three students who are all under the age of 16 years old have been charged with conspiracy in the second degree, a Class B Felony. That conspiracy is they conspired to commit numerous counts of a 1 Felony Murder in the second degree."
The three students are not in police custody, which is standard because of their ages. Once they appear before probation, they will be sent to family court.
As reported on Thursday, police say the suspects communicated using a number of different social media platforms, including a gaming app called "Discord.”
In a statement to News 10 NBC, Sean Li, the Director of Trust and Safety at Discord said:
“We’re committed to ensuring that Discord is a positive and safe place for all our users. We have a zero-tolerance approach to harassment and illegal activity on our platform and take immediate action when we become aware of it.”
News 10 NBC spoke to recent Albion grads Jayaa Osby, and Marc Green
"It's crazy man, I can't believe it though," Osby said.
Osby and Green had just seen the recent developments when we spoke to them on Friday.
"It's crazy because my little sister's in school," Green said. "It's just a good thing nothing happened though, because that would have shaken up a small town like this."
In a statement, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the situation as well:
“I will do everything in my power as Governor to keep our children and our teachers safe. And I want to be crystal clear: any person posing a threat to our schools will face the harshest possible penalty under the law - whether or not they intend to actually execute that threat. “
The investigation is ongoing.
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