By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
FRANKLIN – A 21 year old man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats against Franklin Central School, just days after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 dead.
Aiden M. O’Day, Otego, was arrested by State Police Sunday, Feb. 18 after he allegedly made terroristic threats against Franklin Central School. Day was arrested without incident, and the investigation determined that there was no danger to the school or public. O’Day was arraigned in the Otego Town Court and remanded to the Otego County Jail.
“We cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation, and we are grateful to the New York State Police for the swift action in making the arrest,” wrote Superintendent Brad Zillox. “Please know that the district is taking any threat seriously and will not hesitate to take action as needed. We ask that everyone be extremely mindful and cautious regarding their comments and/or communications.”
Zillox also assured families that safety plans are in place, and that an increased police presence will be seen at the school.
“Please do not be alarmed by the presence of these officers,” he wrote. “Rather, be reassured that your school and your law enforcement agencies are working together in the service of your child’s well-being.”
It’s the second such arrest in the area; on Friday, Feb. 16, State Police arrested a 15-year-old male, from Davenport after he allegedly made threats aimed at the Charlotte Valley Central School, where he is a student. He was arrested without incident and charged with the felony of Making a Terroristic Threat. An investigation determined that there was no danger to the school or public, and he was issued a ticket for Delaware County Family Court.