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June 21, 2013

Woman charged with school threat

Police say suspect made bomb claim

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — An East Branch woman who had faced similar charges in January was arrested Thursday in connection with Facebook threats toward the Walton Central School District, according to the Walton police.

The school has dealt with a rash of Facebook threats since May requiring extra police and school safety measures.

Jennifer L. Morris, 28, was charged with one count of first-degree falsely reporting an incident, a felony, and one count of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor. She was arrested in January for threats over Facebook on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

The arrest came after a threat was posted recently on the Walton Reporter’s Facebook page, stating: “Theres a bomb in the Walton little school and its gunna go off tmo morning.”

Morris was arraigned before Village of Walton Justice diLorenzo and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. A crowd gathered outside the courthouse during the arraignment, where demonstrators urged diLorenzo not to reduce Morris’ bail.

Walton police Chief Brian Laauser said he can’t discuss details of the case because the investigation is ongoing.

“There is a good chance more charges are coming,” he said.

“I am pretty confident this is the end of these incidents,” Laauser said.

Walton Interim Superintendent George Mack said “we are thankful for the efforts of the police and all law enforcement involved in the arrest.” He also praised the cooperation of students, staff and community in coping with the necessary security measures the school took in case any threats were real.

“Staff worked hard to create as normal an atmosphere as possible,” he said. “There are a lot of reasons to be proud of the way the community came through this.”

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, state police, New York City Department of Environmental Protection officers, the FBI and the Delaware County District Attorney’s office assisted in the investigation.