WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) – A 12-year-old Schuyler County boy has been placed in the custody of social service officials Monday by the Schuyler County Court after he made online threats against the Howard A. Hanlon Elementary School in the Odessa-Montour Central School District.

This is according to Schuyler County attorney Steven Getman.

According to Getman, the boy made online threats saying he was going to be a “professional school shooter”.

The boy, whose name will not be released due to his age, was found to be a “person in need of supervision” in June, based on statements constituting “a terroristic threat” he made in person and via text messages – a felony if committed by an adult.

Sheriff's deputies charged the boy after being contacted by school staff who discovered the comments. County officials reportedly took immediate action to ensure the boy had no access to firearms and the threats were false.

The case was prosecuted for the county by Getman’s office. At Monday’s sentencing hearing, the prosecution recommended that the boy be placed in detention, due to the underlying charges as well as the boy’s failures to behave in school and cooperate with probation supervision since the June court date.

After reviewing the evidence, Schuyler County Family Court Judge Dennis Morris determined that the boy should be removed from the home for his own good.  Therefore, Morris ordered the boy placed in the custody of the Schuyler County Department of Social Services for up to six months. 

Assisting in the investigation and prosecution of this matter were the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, Howard A. Hanlon School officials, the school resource officer, the Schuyler County Probation Department and caseworkers with the Department of Social Services.