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16-year-old charged after text leads to Newfane Middle School lockout

A 16-year-old from Newfane was charged Monday after sending "an alarming text" to a student that triggered a lockout at Newfane Middle School, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said.

An eighth-grade student at the middle school told authorities about receiving a text from the 16-year-old who made a reference to having a gun, the Sheriff's Office said.

A school resource officer notified school personnel about the alleged threat and the school was put on lockout while the allegation was investigated, according to Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour.

The 16-year-old, who was at home in Newfane, was detained there by sheriff's deputies and brought in for questioning. The student was later charged with third-degree reporting a false incident and second-degree aggravated harassment, the Sheriff's Office said.

The student, whose name was not released, was arraigned in Newfane Town Court and held at the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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