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Thousand Islands Student’s ‘Hunger Games’ Text Puts Bad Taste in Mouth of Authorities

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It may not have have initially been in the job description, but members of the New York State Police have recently found it necessary to get into the business of reviewing movies.

In a written release from the NYSP “The Hunger Games” is described as “…a story that takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future nation, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 must take part in an annual televised event in which they are required to fight to the death, until only one remains…”   Parents of students involved in a recent texting investigation may now never forget either the movie or the Suzanne Collins’ book series on which the movies are based.

A parent of a student who saw another student texting about a possible school shooting called authorities in Alexandria Bay, New York on March 14, 2014.

Today police say they have closed the case and no arrests were made after being alerted to a possible shooting at a school in the Thousand Islands Central School District.

After an investigation that lasted two days State Police say that the 14-year old who sent the text admitted to doing so but said it was a story like “The Hunger Games,” and was not a real plan to shoot anyone.  No specific school was mentioned and police say there was never any real plan to hurt anyone.

Troopers say that the student, along with the parents of students involved in the investigation, were cooperative.



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