Students facing charges for making mock school shooting videos

ALBANY, N.Y. — Three college students face felony expenses of constructing a terroristic menace for posting on-line two temporary movies the place they act out a college capturing in somebody’s home.

Civil rights consultants on Monday raised First Modification points and known as the arrests police overreach because the movies don’t make any particular menace towards any particular person or place.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned the movies had been made by Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk college students aged 10, 14 and 15 and posted to Instagram. They present a pupil with a faux gun barging right into a lounge and “capturing” two different college students. In a single video, college students, who’re all white, use a racial epithet.

Sheriff Craig Apple known as the movies “very graphic, very racist and horrifying.”

Manhattan civil rights lawyer and tv commentator Ron Kube mentioned the movies don’t rise to the extent of terroristic menace as a result of there was no particular goal or agenda. “This seems to be a wild overreaction pushed by the respectable considerations about college shootings,” Kube mentioned Monday.

Civil rights lawyer Regular Siegel, former govt director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, additionally mentioned there was no terroristic menace and that the movies seemed to be an try at performing.

“The arrests elevate critical and substantial First Modification considerations,” mentioned Siegel. “Making a video is protected by the First Modification.”

In a single video, the “shooter” says “I’ve at all times hated college” earlier than pretending to fireplace a toy gun at a boy sitting on the sofa and a lady writhing on the ground. Within the different video, the lady says “We’re going to be studying about racism,” and the boy on the sofa responds with the N-word. The third pupil is available in with a gun and shoots them each as rap music performs.

One other pupil reported the postings Friday to high school officers in Ravena, 13 miles south of Albany. The sheriff’s workplace arrested the three college students Saturday. All have been suspended from college and launched to their dad and mom.

The sheriff defended the police motion.

“I anticipated individuals to say this was police overreach,” Apple mentioned Monday. “Once we don’t take any motion and there’s a college capturing, what’s the response then?”

As for constitutional safety of creative expression, Apple mentioned, “There’s been sufficient shootings occurring across the nation. That is despicable creative expression, if that’s what it was.”

Apple mentioned the three college students charged with felonies are being handled as juveniles in household courtroom. A fourth pupil, who shot the video, was referred to the probation division.

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