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Greece Police, school leaders meet with concerned parents over alleged bomb plot

January 29, 2019 08:04 AM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- On Monday, concerned parents met with the Greece Police chief and school leaders about an alleged bomb plot connected to a Greece Odyssey Academy student. 

Last week, four young men were arrested for an alleged plot to attack a small Muslim community near Binghamton. 

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In addition to a 16-year-old Greece student, police arrested 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile, 20-year-old Brian Colaneri, and 18-year-old Andrew Crysel.

They are charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of conspiracy. 

"If the schools open, it's because we feel it's safe," said Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan to parents.

From day one, police said the school was never the target of the alleged bomb plot but parents were worried because it involved two students, one current and one former.

The former is Vetromile, who the district confirms was already on a long-term suspension from three years ago. 

On Monday, parents were told by the district's superintendent that there are no other students involved or facing suspension from the incident.  

Police say the investigation began after the 16-year-old student showed classmates a photo during lunch while saying, "doesn't he look like the next school shooter," which was then reported by another student.

Chief Phelan also tells News10NBC that so far there are no other suspects. 

"We're still reviewing a lot of information but I have no reason to believe there will be any additional arrests," said the chief. 

On Monday, News10NBC made contact with Andrew Crysel's attorney Jason Housel. The attorney says his client and his client's family are upset over the allegations, stressing Crysel has no ill-feelings or hate towards Muslims. 

"They are adamant and want people to know he did not target a certain faith," Housel said. "There was never any intention to carry out any terrorist attack against anyone."

The Greece Central School District reminds parents that safety enhancements are coming this summer thanks to the district capital project.

Upgrades include license plate readers and more security cameras.

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