Updated 10/18/2012 11:05 PM
Man arrested for making terroristic threat
A Troy man is behind bars after police say he threatened the lives of local school children. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, the violent threat was made on 20-year-old Kyle Pipino's Facebook page.
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TROY, N.Y. – "That kid shouldn't have Facebook,” said Craig Gendron, who has three children at the Lansingburgh Central School District. “It shouldn't be used like that for anything. It's just ridiculous they would call and make a threat to any school."
As news spread Thursday night, parents say they were both shocked and outraged that a local man reportedly made threats against the lives of students at the Lansingburgh School District.
According to Troy Police, Kyle Pipino, 20, was arrested just a few hours after posting the alleged threat on his Facebook page.
"Knowing that some people would say 'It's just Facebook, he knows he'd get caught so he's probably not serious,' Troy detectives did not allow that premise to be entertained by them," Troy Police Captain John Cooney said Thursday night.
Troy detectives first learned of the post at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Officers arrested Pipino at his home a few hours later.
After admitting to making the post, officers say Pipino told them it was an attempt to protect his girlfriend.
"He spoke of things such as slitting throats, he spoke of things such as driving through the parking lot and injuring anyone in his way and he made a loose reference to the use of a gun at the high school," Cooney said.
Pipino has been charged with one count of making a terroristic threat and remains in custody at the Troy City Jail.
No weapons were found at his home and while Lansingburgh Superintendent Cynthia DeDominick told YNN that district administrators do not believe the threats contained any real substance, parents are thankful law enforcement did not take any chances.
"You're just afraid to send your kids to school if people are going to be sending bomb threats in and all that stuff,” Gendron said. “You never know what they're capable of doing."
If convicted, Pipino faces between 15 and 25 years in prison. He's scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Troy.