Man charged with making ‘terrorist threat’ toward Cortland High School

Jensen Schack, 19, of Plymouth, N.Y. (Cortland County Sheriff’s Office)

Updated with comments from Cortland Enlarged City School District Superintendent Michael Hoose.

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Chenango County man was arrested on a felony terrorism charge Saturday morning after he allegedly made threatening posts toward Cortland High School from one of his social media accounts.

On Friday afternoon, members of the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a report of a person posting threatening photos and videos that mentioned the high school from his Snapchat account, according to Lt. Todd Caufield with the sheriff’s office.

The exact nature of the threats—which were reported by a student to school administration—was not disclosed.

The user was tracked down at his home on County Road 16 in the town of Plymouth, about 35 miles east of Cortland.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers visited the residence and took 19-year-old Jensen P. Schack into custody without incident, Lt. Todd Caufield said.

During the search, officers located an AR style semi-automatic rifle with ammunition, which was seized by authorities.

Authorities charged Schack with making a terrorist threat, a class D felony. He was arraigned on the charge in Cortland City Court at around 12 p.m. today and taken to Cortland County jail with bail set at $100,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Schack’s next scheduled court date is Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m. in city court.

Cortland Enlarged City School District Michael Hoose released the following statement in response to the arrest:

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