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Student arrested after making threatening posts on Facebook

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An area high school student has been arrested for allegedly making threatening posts on the internet that police are calling terroristic. Our Beth Croughan has more.

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- "We all had the opportunity to address the entire high school, faculty and students, this morning," said South Glens Falls Central School District Superintendent Michael Patton.

Patton held the assembly after a student was arrested Thursday.

"We shared with them to use this as a teachable moment, you know, that our priority as a School District is to keep our students safe," he said.

Forrest Taylor, 16, has been charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, after posts he allegedly made on Facebook.

"It's a felony whether you post it on Facebook, whether you go out on the street corner and articulate that intent, whether you send a letter to somebody, whether you send an email to somebody, or send a letter to the editor. These are all different ways of communicating things that are improper and illegal," said Legal Analyst Paul DerOhannesian.

A parent saw the posts, which, according to the Sheriff's office, were threatening towards the South Glens Falls High School community and called the district, who Patton said immediately called police.

"When individuals are making statements like that, we're going to follow through immediately to make sure we're responding appropriately," said Patton.

In the day of the digital age, Patton said it's important students make good social media decisions and reminds parents to be aware of their online activity.

Activity, legal analyst Paul DerOhannesian said, is being treated very seriously by authorities.

"I think there's a perception that it's more private, the reality is that it's probably more public. And I think especially young people don't always get it, I think young people in particular think they're protected on Facebook or a blog, when they're not," he said.

Taylor was sent to the Saratoga County Jail.

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