Abigail Hernandez, 21, is a DACA recipient and undocumented immigrant who was arrested last week in Rochester, N. Y. for making terrorist threats against students at a high school, officials said.
A 21-year-old illegal immigrant who was allowed to stay in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was arrested last week in Rochester, N. Y., for making terrorist threats against students at a high school, officials said.
Abigail Hernandez was arrested and charged for the threats of the East High School and was remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $ 15,000 bail, WHAM reported. Hernandez — who is not a student at the school was moved to a federal detention facility, and held there until a hearing is scheduled.
Rochester City School District called the police at 5:08 pm February 16, about a threat posted on the East High School Facebook page, which read: “I will come tomorrow morning and I plan to shoot all ya b—-es.”
Rochester City School District called the police about a threat posted on the East High School Facebook page.
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East High School Superintendent Shaun Nelms told WHAM Friday night: “Unfortunately, in the wake of the recent Park, Florida tragedy, schools throughout the country are wrestling with social media threats intended to instill fear and anxiety. Although we can’t respond to this particular police investigation into a threat made to the East, I want to emphasize how happy we are that we are part of a community in which the police work closely with schools to ensure the safety of the entire school community.”
The massacre in the Park killed 17 students on Feb. 14.
Rochester Police Deputy director-La ‘ Ron Singletary told WHAM it took the police days for the tracking of the threat, because it was made from a fictitious social media account.
The police found a shotgun in the home of Hernandez on 20 February, the date of her arrest.
During the investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents determined Hernandez was an illegal immigrant who was in the United States under the Obama-era DACA program, according to WHAM.
The city of Rochester recently confirmed its status as a “sanctuary city”, meaning that it would not share immigration information with the federal government, according to The Democrat and Chronicle.
“She is not right mentally, they do not pick up what the people say,” her mother, who asked not to be identified by name, said in Spanish to The Democrat and Chronicle. “She is very dependent on me.”
“I’ve always told her that if you do everything right, you won’t have any trouble with the law,” she added in Spanish. “She is not a terrorist. … Now I’m very afraid for her.”