Bail revoked for Rochester woman charged in school terroristic threat

March 22, 2018 06:04 PM

The woman accused of threatening to shoot up East High School had her bail revoked and was arraigned on criminal charges in Monroe County Court on Thursday.

Abigail Hernandez tripped coming into the courtroom, and smiled when she stood before the judge to answer to charges of making a terrorist threat.  

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A soft-spoken Hernandez said only a few words on Thursday in court, identifying herself and her attorney and acknowledging she understood what the judge was saying.    

Karen Fox came to support Hernandez.

"I have known her for seven years," said Fox, who is a friend of her family. "I know how much she loved East. There was no way she would harm that school or anyone in it. She loved that school."

Prosecutors said that the 21-year-old created a Facebook account, and then used it to post a threat on East High's Facebook page that read, "I'm coming tomorrow morning" and "I'm going to shoot all of ya." Police said that Hernandez had access to a shotgun.  

Hernandez's defense attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.  

"She does have some limitations that I think are obvious," Clark Zimmermann, her defense attorney said. "Speaking with her, she does have some limitations in her ability to comprehended, and that all goes to intent and whether or not she had an intent to even form what she's charged with."

Prosecutors said that they're moving ahead, and preparing for trial.  

"I am not privy to her mental health status or any abilities or disabilities that she has," said Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Greg Colavecchia. "I have not been provided with any materials to support that." 

Hernandez is in the United States under the DACA program.  If convicted, the protections of that program can be revoked, and she could be deported to Mexico.  

"As long as she's not found guilty, DACA should still stand and she should be able to be here with her family," Fox said. "If she were to be deported, it would be like putting an elderly person out on a flow of ice to fend for themselves. There's nothing for her down there.  There's nobody down there. So what, you're going to send her off to her death? And that would be what they're doing."

This is the fifth time in recent weeks that someone has been charged in our area with making a terrorist threat.  


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