Student FB Post Threatens to “Shoot It Up” at Onteora H.S.

SAUGERTIES –  On Friday August 31, 2018 Saugerties Police received a complaint from the Saugerties School District that a 10th grader in the Onteora School District was threatening to shoot up the school, in a Facebook post.

The posting on 18-year-old Alexander Scott McLean’s page stated “I wanna just go to the gd (god damn) school and shoot it up rn (right now) I don’t give a fuck if I got to jail”.

Saugerties Police initiated an investigation into the posting through which police were able to identify the author of the posting as  McLain, a registered 10th grade student in the Onteora School District.

Working with the Onteora School District Superintendent, the Onteora High School District SRO, Saugerties Police SRO, and the Saugerties School District Superintendent’s office, Police were able to track McLain down, residing in the Village of Saugerties.

McLain was interviewed by police at which time he admitted to making the post and several other post, stating he was directing his anger toward the Onteora High because of a recent communication he had received.

Investigation by police established that McLain did not own any firearms himself.

Saugerties Police with the assistance of the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office continued to investigate the threat and on Saturday September 1, 2018 McLain was arrested being charged with the Felony of making a terroristic threat.

Mclain was processed at Saugerties Police Headquarters and then arraigned in the Village of Saugerties Justice Court, where he was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond.

McLain is scheduled to return to Village of Saugerties Justice Court on 9/6/18 to answer his charge. A stay away order of protection was issued on behalf of the Onteora Central School District by the justice court.