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Hempstead, NY - Yeshiva Teen Arraigned On Facebook Bomb Threat Says Target Was School Principal

Published on: April 18, 2013 09:06 AM
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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.

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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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 Apr 18, 2013 at 09:17 AM Anonymous Says:

To all the bleeding hearts: We have bleeding bodies in Boston et. al. resulting from those who act out on such theats. They are intolerable in a free society and we shouldn't rationalize why some "troubled bohur" should not be punished. He should be charged and tried as an adult terrorist and punished to the fullest extent of the law if found guilty. We've got to establish a clear and zero tolerance deterrent so these kids/adults simply know that even if they joke about bombings, they will pay a terrible personal price for their grotesque effort at humor, retaliation, or whatever reason they give for posting such threats.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 09:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Nice of Bennett to drop the charges once the police searched Levy's home. Another "tattala" that wishes he was more like Rabbi Y. Bender. This is Chinuch at it finest for todays generation.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 09:48 AM shalom36 Says:

Yossi was the second best Dorm counslor Ner Yaakov ever had. 1st place hands down goes to to Doolie.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 09:49 AM Nedivah Says:

It seems to be that he has a serious mental problem. He needs to be evaluated and this should be a condition for his return to any school. He is bursting with violence and anger and if this is not addressed, he may eventually act on it

The IDF is quite good in their assessments and would never accept such an individual. Our soldiers are faced with tremendous challenges including ongoing Arab attempts to harass and provoke incidents. This fellow we surely don't need

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

YOU know nothing if he is rich or poor. Clearly, this boychickle is very disturbed and is need of some professional therapy.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM allmark Says:

Why was his name released? He is only 16 years old. I thought the names of minors who are arrested are typically not released publicly.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM Geulah Says:

Are we really so pretentious and smug that we feel that the lives of others are so incomplete without our constancy? Have we watered down our lives to the point where our self-respect is as disposable as tissue paper? Navel lint examiners are going to process this child's actions and assess blame. What about responsibility, was there a gun put to Levy's head that made him act out in the manner that he did, was there a game on of one up man ship or privilege (I'm paying money to be entertained at your school and when I'm not I'll entertain myself). The military wouldn't want this selfish and self-centered brat amongst them and I'm trying to figure out what we want him for as well. His friends are obviously appalled by his behavior, although I doubt they'll condemn it in the entirety it deserves.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM Anonymous Says:

If this were a goy, everyone would want the kid punished. We spoil our kids too much and then when they commit a crime, we buy them a car. This kid has no chance to be a law abiding citizen. Eventually, he will wind up behind bars where he belongs. A restraining order was issued against him which means the courts feel he is still a threat to the poor Rabbi.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM Phineas Says:

The boy is obviously troubled but had no materials and thus no intention of carrying out the attack. Just a teenager inappropriately expressing himself. It was right to get the police involved and the boy should be required to get counseling under the supervision of the judicial system. Incarceration is completely inappropriate.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM Bigshorty Says:

So glad we are all free to judge because we know 100% of the story. Wait, we don't. From either the student or the principal.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM Grumpy Says:

Kid isn't rich or spoiled, rather has issues. What he did was very wrong and frightening. But some of the posters here are simply mean and hateful. The right thing to do would be for them to stop.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM shredready Says:

Reply to #10  
Phineas Says:

The boy is obviously troubled but had no materials and thus no intention of carrying out the attack. Just a teenager inappropriately expressing himself. It was right to get the police involved and the boy should be required to get counseling under the supervision of the judicial system. Incarceration is completely inappropriate.

I agree just hope you would say the same if it was a goy

would you?

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM 5TResident Says:

Didn't you hear? It's more expensive to live in Brooklyn than in Nassau County. You should be more worried about the spoiled rich kids in Boro Park and Flatbush than in the 5T.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Phineas Says:

The boy is obviously troubled but had no materials and thus no intention of carrying out the attack. Just a teenager inappropriately expressing himself. It was right to get the police involved and the boy should be required to get counseling under the supervision of the judicial system. Incarceration is completely inappropriate.

Wrong....incarceration or some other visible punishment (other than spending one hour per week with a "therapist") is necessary or others will assume that they are not at major risk for also expressing themselves "inappropriately".

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #8  
Geulah Says:

Are we really so pretentious and smug that we feel that the lives of others are so incomplete without our constancy? Have we watered down our lives to the point where our self-respect is as disposable as tissue paper? Navel lint examiners are going to process this child's actions and assess blame. What about responsibility, was there a gun put to Levy's head that made him act out in the manner that he did, was there a game on of one up man ship or privilege (I'm paying money to be entertained at your school and when I'm not I'll entertain myself). The military wouldn't want this selfish and self-centered brat amongst them and I'm trying to figure out what we want him for as well. His friends are obviously appalled by his behavior, although I doubt they'll condemn it in the entirety it deserves.

Thank you...I think your comment is extraordinarily well thought out and well expressed

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #7  
allmark Says:

Why was his name released? He is only 16 years old. I thought the names of minors who are arrested are typically not released publicly.

In New York a person is criminally responsible, as an adult, at 16. He has been arrested as an adult, and his name is public record.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM clear-thinker Says:

It has been shown that people who carry out attacks such as these often talk about them with friends or on facebook. One can not be sure if Levy was just mouthing off or might have acted on his threats.
Does he need therapy? Should he be incarcerated? This will be up to the judicial system. One thing is clear. Threats such as these cannot be ignored because he is a a "boychickle"

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM lawrenceyid Says:

And how do you know he is rich; or spoiled. You checked out his family's tax returns? Where are you from weisenheimer? you got no spoiled kids in your neck of the woods??

You and or your kids never did anything stupid at 16??

The reality is that this could happen to any 16 year old. Kids do stupid things. Nothing was found at all to suggest that he had any intention to carry this out.

Don't have such strict "midas hadin"...you are an ignorant misinformed person

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM CanadianGuy Says:

20 years ago this boy would have written a journal entry in a notebook. Maybe his kid sister would have read it 10 days later. The digital era means disaster is a click away. One more reason to advocate reduced internet use.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM cheesecake Says:

After Adam Lanza, everything is taken very seriously!!! Beware Kids and Parents!

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 02:41 PM Theahavas Says:

BaruchBendit -This just in from Wikipedia:

"There is an ongoing problem with assault in the U.S. military which has resulted in a series of scandals that have received extensive media coverage. According to a 2011 Newsweek report, women are more likely to be assaulted by a fellow soldier than killed in combat. The Department of Defense estimates there are about 19,000 assaults in the military per year."

Send him to the the army to make something of him? That group of low lifes is going to make him into a mentch? Please. And I'm sure that similar problems exist in the heilege IDF. Maybe (hopefully) not as rampant. Which is why, by the way, are precious Yeshivaleit will not be joining the IDF no matter what the political situation.

At the end of the day this poor troubled soul needs lots of love and lots of therapy.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 03:02 PM jack-l Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Nice of Bennett to drop the charges once the police searched Levy's home. Another "tattala" that wishes he was more like Rabbi Y. Bender. This is Chinuch at it finest for todays generation.

and you know this how?

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #13  
shredready Says:

I agree just hope you would say the same if it was a goy

would you?

honestly, yes

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 04:28 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Wrong....incarceration or some other visible punishment (other than spending one hour per week with a "therapist") is necessary or others will assume that they are not at major risk for also expressing themselves "inappropriately".

Wrong, incarceration has its place but the message can be conveyed without it here

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 05:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #19  
lawrenceyid Says:

And how do you know he is rich; or spoiled. You checked out his family's tax returns? Where are you from weisenheimer? you got no spoiled kids in your neck of the woods??

You and or your kids never did anything stupid at 16??

The reality is that this could happen to any 16 year old. Kids do stupid things. Nothing was found at all to suggest that he had any intention to carry this out.

Don't have such strict "midas hadin"...you are an ignorant misinformed person

You say this could happen to any 16 year old. It didn't "happen." He caused it to "happen." Now, he should be prepared as an adult (in NY) to take responsibility for his actions. Hopefully, he will serve some prison time so that this will not "happen" again.

Why did he got OTD? Ask his parents.

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 06:56 PM MAYMOM Says:

I would like to set the record straight here. My son is in this boys class, and I have other sons that attended Mesivta Ateres Yaakov. This boy is not a spoiled boy. He is a sweet boy from an exceptionally fine family. He has some issues with impulse control, and says things without thinking. Noone involved really believes for a second that he was going to harm anyone. He unfortunately was very angry, and expressed himself in a very inappropriate over the top way. His classmates are very sensitive to his issues and are devastated for him. Rabbi Bennett is a Tzadick. Just speak to any Talmud who ever had him. They call him for guidance years later. Rabbi Jaffe and his faculty show love and compassion for each child like I have never seen before. Just speak to any Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel. The Ateres Yaakov boys are the most mentchlach well rounded boys. What this boy needs now is love and compassion from all of klal Yisrael. We want him to get the help he so badly needs. He does not belong in jail. He is an angry confused kid. He can be helped. Shame on all of you judgemental people who are so easily willing to throw away a yiddishe neshama without knowing the facts

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 07:49 PM posaikacharon Says:

Reply to #19  
lawrenceyid Says:

And how do you know he is rich; or spoiled. You checked out his family's tax returns? Where are you from weisenheimer? you got no spoiled kids in your neck of the woods??

You and or your kids never did anything stupid at 16??

The reality is that this could happen to any 16 year old. Kids do stupid things. Nothing was found at all to suggest that he had any intention to carry this out.

Don't have such strict "midas hadin"...you are an ignorant misinformed person

"Kids do stupid things."and stupid parents give them the means to realize their stupidity by giving a 16 year old access to the wide world of tech.nebach

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 Apr 18, 2013 at 09:24 PM Anonymous Says:

True story. One of my students in Phila. got upset with a teacher and the principal and said he was going to kill both of them. He came to school with a gun and killed the teacher. Google Samson Freedman, Philadelphia teacher and you will see. The student came from a fine family with lots of love and caring.

No one really knows if this bochur has it in him to hurt someone. Stop defending him and denying he did harm just because he is a yid.

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 Apr 21, 2013 at 07:39 AM MAYMOM Says:

No One is denying that he needs a lot of hep. The fact is that nobody can say he was going to harm anyone. Until that is determinrd you can't condemn him.

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 Apr 21, 2013 at 07:42 AM MAYMOM Says:

And by the way he is not off the derech

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