Teen Accused of Making Terroristic Threat at Wantagh School

Police said that according to a witness, 18-year-old Joshua Barley wrote on the blackboard of Rosemary Kennedy School that he wanted to "assassinate the principal."

A Garden City South teen is accused of making a terroristic threat inside his classroom at the Nassau BOCES Rosemary Kennedy School in Wantagh Wednesday, according to Nassau County detectives.

Joshua Barley, 18, wrote on the blackboard that he wanted to "assassinate the principal and take over the school," according to a witness, police said late Wednesday.

The principal was informed and then notified police, according to a police report.

The Rosemary Kennedy School serves students ages nine to 21 with multiple and moderate to severe developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delays and Multiple Disabilities.

Nassau BOCES issued a statement following the arrest that read in part, "We have robust procedures for incidents of these kinds, and we followed them exactly. This includes coordinating closely with and taking direction from the Nassau County Police Department." 

Barley is being charged with making a terroristic threat, a D felony, and will be arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Brenton Cheng January 10, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I was friends with this kid, he used to go to my school before being expelled, but I always knew he had some kind of developmental issue. I took pity on him and became his friend because the other kids didn't like him. But, even so, he overreacted to things and made many weird comments. He's not a bad kid, I just think he needs help.
Markymark January 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM
What ever his problems are - the point is he made a threat. A threat that needs to be taken seriously in this day and age. Do we need another Sandy Hook here on Long Island? How many school children have to die before we learn? C'mon people. The sad part is from what I've read - you have to get these types of kids into the criminal system before their real problems can be addressed. This situation hopefully will be handled the right way and without the headlines of innocent lives being taken in vain.
Malone January 11, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Someone should really look into what "terrorism" means, the definition that is. This is just a cheap headline that made us all check out this article. Kid has some serious problems and needs to be helped, not labeled as a terrorist. Hopefully this community website doesn't turn into the NY Post
Jfabez January 11, 2013 at 06:45 PM
NEVER label a person by their disability. It describes what you have not who you are. And DO NOT say that people with disabilities are a threat to society. Because the facts are that it does not matter if you have a disability or not. We are all capable of this type of behavior. Look at the Stanford prison experiment. Just as we cannot label a muslim as a terrorist, how can you sit there and label a disabled person as a threat. SHAME ON YOU
Concerned in Seaford February 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Would he have been arrested had this event occurred in September of 2012? Probably not, nor would have even read or heard about it. What the kid did was wrong, but so is charging him with a felony. As a society, we overreact to everything!


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