While copy-cat crimes are typical following high-profile news events, Police are reporting a couple disturbing incidents involving schools in New York in May 25.

In the Rochester area, New York State Police were notified of a social media post by a 17-year-old Gananda High School student posing with what appeared to be an assault weapon. That student is charged with felony Making a Terroristic Threat.

The Macedon Police were notified by school district officials in the small unified community at around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 immediately when the posting was discovered and the municipal police contacted Troopers.

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State Police assured the community that the incident was an isolated event and said more information would be released when it became available.

The case of a 15-year-old taken into custody May 26, accused of making unspecified threats of harm at Union Endicott High School on social media, which authorities say turned out to be “a prank,” is being handled through the Broome County Family Court.

The incidents come on the heels of the mass shooting in Texas that left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead and the mass shooting targeting Black shoppers and employees at a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo.  Both of those incidents involved teens with assault-style weapons.

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In the case of the alleged shooter in Buffalo, that 18-year-old reportedly commented about wanting to commit murder-suicide last year while he was a student at Susquehanna Valley High School. The Conklin teen told officials that the comment had been “a joke” and he was released following a brief hospitalization for a mental health evaluation.

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