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Shooting threat at Mount de Sales Academy leads to juvenile’s arrest in New York

Safety is paramount, D.A. says about Mount de Sales evacuation after shooting threat

District Attorney David Cooke discusses Friday's morning evacuation of Mount de Sales Academy downtown Macon campus after a reported shooting threat was made.
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District Attorney David Cooke discusses Friday's morning evacuation of Mount de Sales Academy downtown Macon campus after a reported shooting threat was made.

A threat on social media to shoot up a Macon school on Friday has led to the arrest of a juvenile in New York.

The threat came from an anonymous YouTube account about 12 minutes into a livestream of the morning announcements at Mount de Sales Academy about 8 a.m.

“I’m shooting up the school today. Leave while you can,” the YouTube commenter said.

The juvenile arrested faces “state-level charges” in New York, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

The juvenile’s name, age and sex were not released. A juvenile is defined under Georgia law as a child under the age of 16.

The juvenile’s arrest in Tonawanda, New York, on Friday night was the result of cooperation between the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the North Tonawanda Police Department, the FBI and the Macon-Bibb County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

“I want to thank our law enforcement partners in New York and Macon for acting swiftly to make this arrest,” U.S. Attorney Charles “Charlie” Peeler for Georgia’s Middle District said in the release. “They are to be commended for their hard work.”

No other information was released in connection with the arrest.

The threat forced the evacuation of students through use of the school’s fire alarm and drew anxious parents to the school’s campus.

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies searched for weapons, but found none, authorities said. Students were released to their parents about 11:15 a.m. on Friday.

About 400 students grades six through 12 attend the independent Catholic School in downtown Macon, according to the school’s website.

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