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February 13, 2013

Harwick student charged with massacre threat

A Hartwick College student has been accused of making a terrorist threat against the Oneonta college, city police said.

Christopher Delgado, 18, of the Bronx, was charged Saturday a felony charge of making a terrorist threat, Lt. Douglas Brenner said Monday.

Delgado was arraigned Saturday in Oneonta City Court and sent to Otsego County jail on $1,000 bail, Brenner said.

Delgado remained in Otsego County jail Tuesday night, jail officials said.

Delgado is accused of communicating a threat during a one-on-one electronic exchange via social media, Thomas P. Kelly, director of Hartwick College Campus Safety, said Tuesday. The conversation, held when the student wasn’t on campus, ended cordially, Kelly said, and the other person in the communication considered the threat a matter for referral to authorities.

Hartwick College officials said the threat wasn’t made directly to the college but nonetheless was a serious matter.

“We do take every and any every threat seriously,” Hartwick President Margaret L. Drugovich said Tuesday.

Brenner said that in the threat Delgado said he would become the “next Dylan Klebold” and that he would blow up boiler rooms and shoot multiple people at the college.

Klebold was one of two shooters who went on a murderous rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in April 1999.

Brenner said the threat against Hartwick was relayed to city police by the college Campus Safety officers.

After returning to the campus Saturday, Delgado was interviewed by campus security, who took him to the police station, Brenner said, and city police officers conducted an interview that resulted in his arrest.

“We found no means to carry out the threats,” Brenner said.

But the threat alone is sufficient under law to result in an arrest, Kelly said. In the interest of safety, campus members are encouraged to report anything suspicious, Kelly said, and no level of harassment or threats is tolerated.

Kelly refused to comment on Delgado’s status as a student other than to say he is entitled to a review under the campus judicial process.

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