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Police: Man charged with felony for reported staff threat at Durhamville Elementary School

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 6/16/22

A 31-year-old man has been charged with a felony for calling Durhamville Elementary School Wednesday afternoon and threatening a staff member over the phone.

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Police: Man charged with felony for reported staff threat at Durhamville Elementary School

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VERONA — A 31-year-old man has been charged with a felony for calling Durhamville Elementary School Wednesday afternoon and threatening a staff member over the phone, according to the New York State Police.

The building was placed on lockdown and most students were already dismissed at the time of the threat, school officials said.

Troopers said Jase I. McMullin telephoned the elementary school on Main Street at about 3:15 p.m. and made threats towards an individual staff member. Authorities noted that McMullin was never on school property and was never in the actual vicinity of students or staff.

"Because of the nature of the threat, the building was placed into lockdown with the assistance of the school-based officer and administrators," said Matthew Carpenter, superintendent of schools in the Oneida City School District, in a statement to parents.

"Local law enforcement was then called to support students and staff."

Carpenter noted that "the majority of students were already dismissed" at the time of the threat and were not in the school. Only the students on two routes were still on campus. Once McMullin was in custody and the situation was deemed safe, Carpenter said the buses took those remaining students home.

"At no time today was this individual on any school property or in the vicinity of our students or staff," Carpenter stated.

"We understand that situations like these can be emotional for students, parents and staff alike. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to partner with the community and law enforcement to ensure we maintain a safe and orderly school environment."

According to state police, McMullin has been charged with one count of making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. McMullin was held in the county jail overnight to await arraignment in court.

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