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BETHLEHEM—On Wednesday, March 21, the Bethlehem Police Department received information regarding a Bethlehem Central Middle School student making threats of school violence.
Through the joint efforts of the School Resource Officer assigned to the Middle School and Bethlehem Central School District officials, a 14-year-old town resident was arrested on Thursday, March 22 . The youth has been charged with one felony count of making a terroristic threat and one misdemeanor count of endangering the
welfare of a child. The youth was transported to Albany County Family Court where the case will be handled.
The nature and context of the threats reportedly caused concern to multiple students, who came forward to both school administrators and the school’s resource officer, Detective Mike Whiteley. According to BPD, the investigation into these threats determined that there was no imminent threat, but the investigation is on-going.
“The Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Central School District is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students and staff members,” stated BPD in a press release on Friday. “We continue to work jointly in the sharing of information to continue this high level of safety and security for our school community. The Bethlehem Police Department will continue to investigate and initiate the prosecution of any individuals for threats of school violence.”
Anyone with knowledge regarding threats of school violence is encouraged to contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 518-439- 9973 or by using the Confidential
Tip line at 518-439- 1503. Information will be kept confidential.