Niagara Gazette

October 12, 2013

Police investigate Lockport teacher who posted comment about state official

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office was asked by Albany police on Friday to investigate a perceived threatening comment made on social media by a teacher at George Southard Elementary School.

An Albany detective who contacted the sheriff's office said the teacher had posted "can't wait for Sept. 24th, dead man walking."

Deputies were sent to the school Friday to interview the teacher who stated he made the comment in regard to the commissioner of education's reception at an educational meeting in Poughkeepsie.

The teacher said the comment was make in poor judgment and he had no intention, nor the means, to harm the commissioner. 

Albany police were contacted and video of the interview with the teacher was provided.