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16-year-old arrested for threatening to harm people at East Aurora High

Teen referenced the Las Vegas shooting in threats
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Posted at 9:34 AM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 14:42:17-04

The East Aurora Police Department has arrested a 16-year-old male for making threats to harm people at East Aurora High School.

Investigators say the teenager referenced the mass shooting in Las Vegas in those threats.

Police have charged the young man with aggravated harassment and making a terroristic threat.

School officials found out about the threats through the 16-year-old's social media posts. Police say the teen also made threats in person. 

The 16-year-old was arraigned and is being held at the Erie County Holding Center. Police say the teen has also been suspended from school.

Brian Russ, superintendent of the East Aurora Union Free School District, released a statement about the arrest on Tuesday afternoon - 

"Late last evening the District received information regarding a potential threat at East Aurora High School.  We immediately contacted East Aurora Police Department in order to investigate the potential threat and ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.  In cooperation with the Police Department, the threat has been identified and the necessary steps have been taken to safely open school today."