Solvay HS threat suspect in custody; students being released to parents

SOLVAY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A person who is suspected in connection with a threat that prompted a lockdown at Solvay High School is in custody, police say.

According to Solvay Police, 17-year-old Arun Siwakoti was arrested without incident at his Snyder Avenue home. 

Police say Siwakoti  made a threat on SnapChat showing him in possession of what appeared to be a handgun, and the captions indicated harm. 

An Air Soft replica handgun was found in his possession.

The school was put on lockdown after the alleged threat was reported. 

Students have since been released to their parents. 

Police told local media Monday morning that they were on the scene at the school only as a precaution. 

Solvay Police were assisted by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, State Police, as well as police departments from Camillus, Geddes, Syracuse and DeWitt. 

The 17-year-old was charged with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. 

The school district offered this statement after the lockdown procedures were in place:

This morning the high school administrative staff were notified that a student threatened to bring a gun to school.  The building administrators immediately followed the District’s safety protocol, placed the building into lockdown and notified the police. 

The police will complete a thorough search of the building and, upon their determination that the situation is secure and safe, the lockdown will be lifted and normal activities will resume.

At this point all students and staff are safe and precautions are taking place.

 



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