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ESM High School student arrested for racist and violent threats

East Syracuse Minoa High School brick building.
ESM School District
East Syracuse Minoa High School building.

Manlius police arrested an East Syracuse Minoa High School student for posting a fake school shooting threat on social media.

The student was charged with a misdemeanor for making a terroristic threat of mass harm, according to a release from the Manlius Police Department. Because of the crime's racist nature, it is also considered a hate crime.

Law enforcement said the student confessed after an investigation and interview.

East Syracuse Minoa High School said it is taking the proper security precautions after the event, such as installing a weapons detection system in the high school.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, poverty, and identity.