Lynch Literacy Academy student arrested today for making social media threat against the school

Amsterdam Police arrested a youth today for allegedly making a threat against Lynch Literacy Academy on social media. The youth was a student at the school, who now faces a felony charge.  

The student admitted making the threat but it was not deemed credible by police.

The district was notified of the threat about 6 a.m. this morning, Monday, Jan. 24, and school was in session as police investigated the matter. There was extra police presence at the building all day.

Superintendent Richard Ruberti thanked police for their diligence in handling the investigation, but said he is concerned about the multitude of threats being made recently against GASD schools by students on social media. Two high school students were arrested earlier this year for the same actions, one just last week.

“This is a serious situation we will not take lightly,” Ruberti said. “The safety of our students and staff is paramount.”

The district will be working with local law enforcement and public officials to address these ongoing threats to our schools with the student body. “It’s important that our students understand the severity of their actions and the possible lifelong consequences for the decisions they make,” Ruberti said.