Norwalk boy, 17, threatens to shoot classmates|EHOVE Career Center student being held in detention center following Friday's threats

AVERY - An EHOVE Career Center student is being held at the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center after threatening to shoot his class members. The 17-year-old State Street boy has been arrested and charged with inducing panic. He was quoted in an Erie County Sheriff's Office report as saying: "I'm going to go homicidal. ... I'm going to snap and kill everyone."
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

AVERY - An EHOVE Career Center student is being held at the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center after threatening to shoot his class members.

The 17-year-old State Street boy has been arrested and charged with inducing panic. He was quoted in an Erie County Sheriff's Office report as saying: "I'm going to go homicidal. ... I'm going to snap and kill everyone."

The Norwalk boy said he wouldn't shoot two of his friends. He also said he would never harm anyone, but often snaps after keeping his anger "bottled up," Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. The boy also said he made the comments when he was angry with his teacher about a grade.

The suspect reportedly made the threats Friday. Parents of students in one of the boy's classes notified EHOVE Dean of Students John Spitler over the weekend. Spitler declined to comment on possible discipline.

Superintendent Sharon Mastroianni said EHOVE plans to meet with the Norwalk boy's undisclosed "associate school" to discuss options, which could include prohibiting him from returning. She also mentioned the defendant is not on campus currently and no decision has been made about the possible punishment.

Comments

Angry parent (A...

I believe the boy needs to be expelled. He needs to realize that such comments should not be made and the seriousness of said comments. He should be sent through counseling prior to being allowed back in school pending the approval of the counseling system. We as parents, schools, and communities, cannot afford to take chances with children that will make such comments or worse yet follow up on them. I, for one, would be devastated as anyone would if they were told their child would not be coming home.

second the moti...

I agree with "Angry Parent". Given recent events such as the school in Cleveland, zero tolerance is the correct response. Only after counseling, documented improvement, and a period of time should the student return.

concerned (Anon...

when is this violence going to end? Enough is enough.

What are the ru...

As I understand expulsion, it may not exceed one semester (90 days) or a school year (180 days) if a weapon is actually involved. Given that, the suspect could be expelled but need to be taken back come second semester. There are only a couple associate schools at EHOVE that can look at a student and say, "You can't come back." Neither of them is a public school. Incidentally, removal from EHOVE is not removal from the associate school...registration at an associate school is required for attendance at EHOVE inthe high school programs.

This is why... ...

we need to vote.

Seriously... (A...

After reading all the letters, it would be hard to believe that Steve Linder does not have a vendetta. He seems to be mad at everyone at Norwalk. His wife also appears to be a PSYCHO!!! I know if I talked to my employer the way she complains about hers, I would be looking for a new job!! She is probably trying to get fired so she and her union can sue the school and get a nice settlement. Then maybe they can buy their daughter's way in to X-Ray school! Don't let a problem become a part of the school board!

Seriously (Anon...

Sorry about that - my comments were not supposed to be on this story - don't worry about what I said. I started my post on the Steve Linder story, not this one.

willard (Anonymous)

a simalar thing happend in willard a week or 2 ago where a high school kid made a hit list and that child just got a few days out of school. not locked up!