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3 students arrested in connection with separate, alleged threats against schools

Authorities in the Buffalo Niagara region have arrested three students in the last few days for allegedly making threats against schools.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported two of the arrests Thursday.

On Feb. 21, Starpoint School Resource Officer and Sheriff's Deputy Craig Beiter was notified by school officials that a student was overheard by another student claiming "he would be the next Nikolas Cruz but instead of killing 17, he would kill 19," a statement from the sheriff's department said.

Cruz is the gunman charged in connection with the shooting that claimed 17 lives earlier this month in Parkland, Fla.

Following a weeklong investigation and consulting with the Niagara County District Attorney's Office, a juvenile male whose name was not released was arrested and charged with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class A misdemeanor. The student is scheduled to appear at the Niagara County Probation Office in Lockport at a later date.

On Tuesday, Niagara-Orleans BOCES School Resource Officer and Sheriff's Deputy Lisa Oliveri received a report that a 16-year-old male student from Pendleton had allegedly said he would "bring a gun to school and hide it in his pocket." Officials "immediately removed" the boy from the school and suspended him, sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's investigators interviewed the boy at his home and he was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident. He was arraigned in Cambria Town Court. Bail was set at $1,000. He was set to return to court at 2:30 p.m. March 6.

And on Wednesday, a 15-year-old was arrested after Buffalo police said he posted a threat on his Facebook page to shoot up his school, according to a Buffalo police report.

The student allegedly posted a message that read, in part, "I am going to shoot school," and referenced Academy School 131, which is located on South Park Avenue near Louisiana Street, according to the police report.

The teen, whose name was not included in the report, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, and second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, according to the report. The teen is a student at Academy School 31, a Buffalo schools spokeswoman said.


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