SOLVAY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Solvay High School student accused of sending a threatening message that prompted a school lockdown allegedly sent a second message that concerned police while they were searching the building Monday morning.
During a Tuesday news conference, police said 17-year-old Arun Siwakoti sent a message via SnapChat that included a video of himself “manipulating what appeared to be a handgun” and the message “Who wants to be first?”
When students asked whether he was serious, Siwakoti allegedly replied “Just wait until tomorrow.”
The next morning, the students told the vice principal about the message, the administration reached out to Solvay Police.
The school went into lockdown, and school officials confirmed that Siwakoti had not been on his bus, and also was not in the school.
Police say that while they were talking to the students who received the message, one of the students received an additional message that showed the suspect with what appeared to be a gun and the message “Which one of you has a problem with me.”
According to police, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies went to Siwakoti’s home in Lyncourt in the town of Salina and took him into custody without incident.
They say the weapon, which they later determined was an air gun, had been stolen from another person.
Siwatkoti has never had trouble with law enforcement before, police say.
According to Siwatkoti, the fake gun was a joke and he didn't even realize what was going to happen that day.
See his statement below:
According to a court document, one student who received the message from Siawatkoti, detailed a conversation he had with him after the school went on lock down.
Siawatkoti asked, "Yo, why is Solvay in lockdown?... It was a fake toy gun," to which the student replied, "because of you."
Siawatoki was arraigned in Solvay Village Court and taken to the Justice Center.
He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 28.
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