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Soldier allegedly made threats against school four days before lock down

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The Fort Drum soldier who was arrested on a terrorism charge on Wednesday told a parent of two Evans Mills students that he was going to let her daughter live but kill her son during a school shooting.

Pfc. Caleb J. Larson, 22, was charged Wednesday with making a terrorist threat, a Class D felony. He was arraigned in LeRay Town Court and held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $50,000 bail.

On Saturday, he was having some beers at a Martin Road farm with some others when he said he “always thought about shooting up a school,” according to a police statement given by the mother, Holly J. MacCue, who has children in the Indian River school district.

The conversation alarmed her so much that she told the children’s grandmother, Kathy MaCue, a cafeteria worker at Evans Mills Primary School, about it either on Sunday or Monday, according to the statement the Times obtained through LeRay Town Court.

On Wednesday morning, the grandmother told a school secretary about the conversation, court papers said. Indian River schools were put into lock down after district offices reported a threat that an unidentified person with a gun possibly was headed toward the Evans Mills Primary School.

It was unclear why the woman waited until Wednesday before telling anyone about the conversation.

During Saturday’s conversation, Pfc. Larson, who joined the Army in April 2012, also told the mother he “has guns and could get guns anytime he wants,” according to her statement. When he made the remarks, Pfc. Larson “was straight-faced” and had a serious look, she told investigators.

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