Hempstead, NY - Yeshiva Teen Arraigned On Facebook Bomb Threat Says Target Was School Principal
Hempstead, NY - At the arraignment yesterday of the 16 year-old yeshiva student from Woodmere charged with positing terrorist threats against his school on Facebook, prosecutors told a District Court judge that the target of the teen’s angst was the school’s assistant principal who had suspended him last Friday for texting in class.
NEWSDAY.com (http://bit.ly/ZByfKv) is reporting that the student, 16 year-old Joel Levy from Woodmere, admitted to police that he made the post on Monday because he was upset over the suspension handed down by Rabbi Yossi Bennett, Assistant Principal at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov school.
Prosecutors read excerpts from Levy’s Facebook post in which he claimed to have “all kinds” of “explosives,” and named “Bennett’s office” as his primary target.
According to prosecutors, Levy said he wanted to “blind, torture, and maim” Rabbi Bennett with “nails.”
Facebook friends of Levy alerted authorities to the threats after he posted them on Monday.
Rabbi Bennett told police Levy was suspended because he refused to hand over his phone and “stormed” out of the school after being caught texting in class.
Levy was arraigned on the felony charge of making a terrorist threat, and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment.
Judge Douglas Lerose issued a protective order against Levy prohibiting him from contacting Rabbi Bennett, and set bail at $50K.
Levy was released later in the day after posting bond.
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