Updated 10/19/2012 02:55 PM
Man arraigned after making terroristic threat on Facebook
A 20-year-old has been arraigned after police say he made terroristic threats on Facebook. The threats were aimed at the students of Lansingburgh High School. Our Megan Cruz reports.
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TROY, N.Y. -- Walking into Troy City Court is Kyle Pipino. The 20-year-old pleaded not guilty Friday to making terroristic threats on Facebook.
Susan Milstein, Pipino's defense attorney, said, "There was never any intent of carrying out any types of threats."
Here in part is what he posted to his page Thursday afternoon: “Burgh is lucky I haven't shot up or burned down your pathetic school yet. Debating on driving down to Burgh and mowing down the kids with my truck." "Burgh," refers to Lansingburgh High School.
Milstein said, "This is an issue of bullying. And the desperation people feel towards the victims of bullying."
Milstein is talking about Pipino's girlfriend, a student at Lansingburgh. Pipino told police he made those threats to “protect his girlfriend.” No weapons were found at his home when he was arrested later that day.
"He's a good kid. And that will come out with the investigation," Milstein.
Students were dismissed as usual Thursday afternoon, even though Pipino was not yet in custody. Lansingburgh Superintendent Cynthia DeDominick says it's because school officials were unaware of the threats until after the students left.
For the handful that stayed behind for PM activities:
"Immediately after we became aware of the threat, Troy Police maintained a perimeter, establishing a safe environment around the outside of the school," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney.