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Police: Nyack High School Guard Arrested for Terroristic Threat

According to Clarkstown Police, Kenneth Carter, 51, of Central Nyack was arrested May 22 for Making a Terroristic Threat against Nyack High School, where he worked as a security aide.

Police say Carter told a colleague "I'm going to go home and get my guns and blow this place up." He was arrested without incident while at his post at Nyack High School.

Nyack Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Montesano said the district will be posting more information related to the incident on its website Wednesday. He said he has heard from concerned parents and added that he felt media coverage sensationalized the report. 

"What I can share is that this is a matter of personnel and we are limited in regards to facts," Montesano said. "I'm deeply disappointed in the newspaper headline. In our review, which was done with the Clarkstown Police, there was never a time we believe our students were in harm's way. Their safety as a result of the allegations was not compromised. The issue was dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

"Some parents are concerned that we were not more proactive in providing information from the school."

Montesano said the incident was more of a matter between employees and there has been no past indication of a problem with Carter.

"The security aide has been with the district for some time and demonstrated himself to be courteous and caring toward students," Montesano said. 

Regarding Carter's employment status with the district, Montesano would only say that he was not at work Wednesday.

"We do hold the safety and security of our staff and students, ti is the highest priority we have as school officials," Montesano said. "We have a caring, hard-working principal (Nicole Saieva) who believes that wholeheartedly."

Carter was arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court and bail was set at $1,000. He is due back in court June 17, 2013. 
Ken McQuade May 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Is this guy related to Ed Carter who was head custodian for many years at Nyack ? My father in law Frank Reitano worked with Eddie for many years and always spoke highly of him and his family.
Andromachos May 30, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Is it a "Terroristic threat" if no one is in terror?
DLS May 30, 2013 at 06:29 AM
I think when you say you're going to blow up a school or a building that is occupied like that it is considered a terroristic threat. I was a bit surprised at such low bail set.
Concerned Worker May 30, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Did he work for other school districts as well? He looks familiar...
Mary Ann Arlotta May 30, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Is there a reason why he would want to do such a thing? Granted, there is no good reason, but what would move a person to do this?
Paul Williams June 01, 2013 at 10:13 AM
He is a terrorist but a courteous terrorist according to Montesano. We must be careful that we do not hurt the feelings of our home grown terrorists. After all, this is NYACK.
Paul Williams June 01, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Andromachos May 30, 2013 at 05:57 am "Is it a "Terroristic threat" if no one is in terror?" Victims of terrorists are not usually "in terror". They are usually dead and therefore cannot experience terror....or anything else for that matter. any more questions?
Paul Williams June 01, 2013 at 10:23 AM
@Maryann Arlotta....maybe he is just evil ?
Mary Ann Arlotta June 02, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Paul Williams: Maybe he is just evil, but how do you work for a school, then decide you want to destroy it, kill these kids, what moves a person to do this, to accomplish what? There has to be a reason. Whoever interrogates this man should get an answer.
Andromachos June 02, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Maybe he lost his temper because someone was giving him a hard time and he said something silly. Maybe he had no intention or even any ability to do anything. Maybe he overreacted and now others are, too. Calling him evil . . . really. Have you even met the guy? And you are telling the world here that neither you nor anyone close to you has ever said something intemperate, and a pretend statement of violence in anger. He was dumb to say it. But only because of the overreaction such statements create these days.
Mike V June 04, 2013 at 03:52 PM
This man I've known since high school. He's a good guy...REALLY!! He would never do anything like that! He went to Nyack HS as well as me!! Newspapers get stories wrong 70% of the time!!!

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