Officials at a high school in upstate New York went into alert after receiving threats of a school shooting.
Abigail Hernandez, 21, an illegal alien shielded from deportation under the Obama-era DACA program, was arrested last week after threatening to carry out a school shooting in Rochester, WJLA reports.
Deputy Chief La’Ron Singletary of Rochester police said Hernandez made the threat on East High School’s Facebook page using a fake profile, which caused police to take several days to track her down.
“I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya b*****s” Hernandez wrote on Feb. 16, just two days after the shooting that left 17 dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
School district officials reported the threat, and an investigation eventually led law enforcement to the home of Hernandez, where officers discovered a shotgun.
Police did not say whether the weapon had been purchased by Hernandez or by someone else in her home.
The 21-year-old was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat, with her bail set at $15,000. She was eventually placed in a federal detention center in Batavia when ICE learned she was in the county illegally.
“The quick thinking of school staff and the tenacious work of the investigators of the police department following through on this Facebook post lead to the arrest of Abigail Hernandez and the recovery of a shotgun,” Rochester police said in a statement.
Hernandez is not a student at East High School, but is enrolled in Rochester City School District, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
School district officials did not comment on why a 21-year-old was enrolled in their schools.
In a message to parents, East High School Superintendent Shaun Nelms wrote:
“Sadly, in wake of the recent Parkland, Florida tragedy, schools across the country have been grappling with social media threats intended to instill fear and anxiety.
“We remain very grateful to the Rochester Police Department for their partnership and for keeping us well informed throughout the entire process. Their presence on campus last week and their guidance on how to best keep staff and students safe during this efficient, successful police investigation, reiterates their ongoing support.”
We remain very grateful to the Rochester Police Department for their partnership and for keeping us well informed throughout the investigation.
I would like to clarify information: The suspect is not a current East scholar, she attends another Rochester City School. Safety1st
— Shaun Nelms, Ed.D. (@DrNelms) February 23, 2018
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester renewed its sanctuary city status last month, dismissing threats of funding cuts from the Trump administration.
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