Local students arrested after violent video posted on social media

December 17, 2018 12:05 AM

RAVENA – Four students from the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District are under arrest for videos authorities said they posted on Instagram.

The students include a 15 year old, 14 year old and 10 year old. They’ve been charged with making a terroristic threat.

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“It’s hard to understand what these generations are thinking these days,” said William Murphy Junior, who is a parent to a student in the district.

One of the videos posted shows one of the students sitting at what looks like is supposed to be a desk with a backpack on. A gunman then walks up the stairs.

"They had somehow through their video doctored them up to make them look like they were really firing shots, fake blood everything else multiple times used the n-word,” said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.

Sheriff Apple said another student saw the video and alerted the school district. He said the school then contacted the school resource officer and a criminal investigation began.

Apple said a search warrant at the student’s homes found nothing more than BB guns. He said incidents like this will not be tolerated.    

"This scared a lot of people,” said Sheriff Apple. “We're not going to put up with it. You know we're fed up with it. We're going to take it serious and we're going to prosecute it as hard as we can to make sure that nothing like this is followed through."

Murphy agrees that these students should face the highest consequences.

"I've gotten in my share of trouble, I think they should do what they got to do to get their point across,” said Murphy.

The district put up a message on its website, asking parents to discuss appropriate social media use with their children. The district, along with Sheriff Apple, continues to remind students to remain aware.

"If you see something, say something,” explained Sheriff Apple. “This person did exactly what we asked and a lot of credit is due to that person."

NewsChannel 13 reached out to the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk District Superintendent about the incident. He said he has a responsibility to preserve the confidentiality of students and will not share information about them. 

Sheriff Apple said the students have been suspended and are due in family court on Monday. 


Emily De Vito

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