Teenager arrested over doctored Fort Drum video deemed to be threatening a school

Source: Troop 26 Facebook

Jonathon Wheeler

Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after he allegedly doctored the now-viral video initially perceived as a threat to Case Middle School.

The teenager was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, and will appear in Jefferson County Family Court, city police Detective Sgt. Joseph A. Giaquinto confirmed.

City police say there is no threat to the school or community.

The teen arrested was not the student in the video and is not associated with the Boy Scouts, and was not at the Scout Mountain Challenge event where the youth in the video was filmed holding a gun.

Scott Armstrong, director of national media relations for the Boy Scouts of America, said the Scout Mountain Challenge, which has taken place on Fort Drum for nine years and hosted at the Scout Hut on post, includes a display of firearms with the firing pins removed with supervision of active-duty military personnel.

Mr. Armstrong said the scout in the video posted the footage to Snapchat with no caption or threat. He also says there was no message or caption, and the only audio heard in the original video is that of the scout master.

The scout posted the video to his friends list, which would limit the people that could see the video to his 44 friends on Snapchat.

Mr. Armstrong claims that one of the scout’s friends on Snapchat captured the video and then posted it with the threat.

“Unfortunately, one of his social media friends appears to have captured that video and posted what can only be perceived as some type of threat,” he said. He went on to say that the actions taken by the other Snapchat user was a “foolish youthful activity.”

Mr. Armstrong said the scout in the video will not be punished by Boy Scouts of America for posting the video.

“Nothing was done that was out of bounds, or wrong as far as the original post went,” he said.

There is no anticipated change in cellphone policy with the Boy Scouts.

Fort Drum says officials on post “greatly regret” any part they may have “inadvertently played.”

“The use of military weapons in static displays is authorized under very strict guidance, including the removal of firing pins, and the prohibition of any type of ammunition anywhere at the event,” Julie Halpin, director of Fort Drum public affairs, said in a prepared statement. “Our intent with military weapons displays is to teach safe, responsible handling of weapons and we are reviewing the planning and execution of the display at the Boy Scouts event this past weekend to determine if there are ways that we could have better met that intent. We greatly regret any part we may have inadvertently played in creating uncertainty and concern for the safety of our local schools.”

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