Randy Ross, 23, is charged with making a terrorist threat after releasing a music video on YouTube, authorities said.
A hip-hop artist in the north of the state of New York has a YouTube music video with the title “School Shooter” – and now the police charged him with making a terrorist threat.
The suspect, identified as Randy Ross, 23, was arraigned Tuesday in Greece, a suburb of Rochester, and sent to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The video is recorded outside a high school in Greece and possibly two other local schools, Greece Police Sgt. Jared Rene told the newspaper.
The lyrics are, “I put them down as a school shooter” and “I’ll show you at lunch, here to [expletive] eat this.”
School safety is a problem that the local police take very seriously, the sergeant told the newspaper.
“While no school was mentioned specifically, the person in the video, Randy Ross, was to see different properties, different schools, and the lyrics in the song and the content of the video, it was disturbing for us,” Rene said.
A Facebook post which turned out to be Ross describes are questioned by the police, the newspaper.
“My video has officially reached the police officials. And they just came by my work and questioned me. On everything I love. Please share my video before it is removed,” the post said.
School officials in Greece said they learned about the video from a resident who also contacted the police, the Democrat and Chronicle. But the arrest has led to concerns about whether the music video is protected by the artist’s First Amendment rights.
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