Posted at: 10/19/2012 11:35 AM
| Updated at: 10/19/2012 5:58 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann
TROY – Taylor Stinson, a Lansingburgh senior, said he plays in the same band with Kyle Pipino, and knows him well, doubting that Pipino could ever carry out the threats of violence against students, that police say he made on Facebook.
"He's always been really nice to me. He's a really fun guy to hang out with. He would never hurt anybody, definitely not intentionally," Stinson said.
Pipino's defense attorney said Pipino was upset about a perceived bullying incident against a friend at the school.
"This is an issue of bullying and the desperation that people feel toward the victims of bullying, the friends and family. And there was never any intent of carrying out any types of threats," said Susan Milstein, defense attorney.
Police said Pipino admitted making the threat, but said he was trying to protect his girlfriend.
The Facebook post included the statements, removing the expletives:
"burgh is lucky I haven't shot up or burned down your school yet".
"debating on driving down to burgh and mowing down the kids with my truck".
and "lets see how tough you are with a gun pointed in your face."
Senior Angelique Cassella said a number of students and family members were afraid.
"Doesn't matter if he would've hurt anyone or not, you don't know that. Nobody else knows that. It's, I dunno. It's scary. You don't know if somebody's going to snap at any minute," she said.
"I think he definitely went too far but he shouldn't go to prison," Stinson said.
The judge denied a request for bail to be set, sending Pipino to jail until his next appearance on Tuesday.