Police in a New York community said Tuesday that a security guard at a local high school was arrested for threatening to blow up the school building, the Journal News reported.
Kenneth A. Carter, a 51-year-old security aide at Nyack High School in Upper Nyack, N.Y., was arrested May 22 and charged with making a terrorist threat, which is a felony.
Clarkstown, N.Y. police Sgt. Glenn Cummings said that Carter made the threat to a colleague at a time when he was facing disciplinary action from the school. The reason for the discipline is still unclear.
“In a bit of anger, he expressed to a co-worker that he was going to go home, get his guns and blow the place up,” Cummings said, as quoted by the Journal News. The co-worker "spoke out" about Carter's remark, according to the Journal News, leading to the security guard's arrest. Police said he was unarmed at the time of the arrest.
Dr. James J. Montesano, superintendent of Nyack Public Schools, addressed the incident in a post on the school district's website, contending that reporting on the arrest has "unnecessarily alarmed many of our parents and does not present an accurate representation of facts." Montesano insisted that there was no "imminent threat of danger" to students.
Carter was later released from Clarkstown Town Court after posting $1,000 bail and is slated to return to court on June 17.
(Photo above: Carter's mug shot, via the Journal News)