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N. Attleboro Boy Held Without Bail for Alleged School Shooting Threat

The high school junior was arraigned Monday in Attleboro. He will face a dangerousness hearing Thursday.

A North Attleboro High School junior will spend Christmas behind bars after he was arrested Friday for allegedly making a threat to "shoot up the school" earlier in the week, according to WPRI in Providence.

Patrick J. Skrabec, 17, appeared for his arraignment Monday at the Attleboro District Court. A judge ordered him to remain held pending a Thursday dangerousness hearing. The boy's attorney, Maria Deaton, told reporters outside the courthouse that her client is innocent.

"I'm shocked that he's being held," she said. "I'm a little outraged by the incident because from my understanding the school has had a problem with kids making what they think is jokingly making threats, and he's been singled out for some reason."

paul December 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM
How can a boy with no record be legally held without bail over Christmas for something he may have said? Who was on the bench Monday, Judge Meisterburger? This kid is being railroaded for what happened in Conn. Our legal system is a joke, when it jails a kid for making a joke. This witch hunt makes me feel less safe.
Alan Wartenberg MD December 25, 2012 at 01:43 PM
and if, after making jokes (the Columbine duo made similar jokes) this kid actually did something?? I suspect Paul might be one of the first ones screaming about how our legal system ignored threats. In an era of airline bombings and highjackings, you don't make jokes about such things at airports. In an era of horrendous school shootings, kids will have to learn the hard way not to make jokes about this either. Free speech does NOT involve making threats. I applaud this judge's decision to make real clear to kids and their parents that such threats will not be tolerated.
yerkillinme December 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I'm with Alan on this one. If the kid is dumb enough to make these remarks then I have no sympathy for him sitting in jail during Christmas. Evidently there was enough evidence presented for a judge to feel a dangerousness hearing was warranted and in a case like this it's better to be safe than sorry. I think I'll take the Judge's opinion more seriously than a Patch poster's opinion. I also suspect Paul might be one of the first ones screaming if something had happened, how the warning signs were missed, etc.
paul December 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Doctor, I suspect you are one of those paranoid people that never made a mistake in your life. I bet you never said anything you wish you could take back. This kid has no guns, would you feel the same if he was your son? Go ahead and applaud the nameless judge, never question big brother, he is always right.
bill December 26, 2012 at 04:22 AM
seems paul is a friend or relative of the not so funny (jokster.)
paul December 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I'm a friend of anyone that is wrongly incarcerated. I never met this kid, nor do I know his family. To deny bail was wrong, example or not. Suspects that kill someone in a drunk driving accident are given bail, who did this boy murder? I have seen comments on Patch that were threats and people could have been charged, is that next?
deb of see-attleboro December 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
paul: Since the judge ordered this kid held, I would think there was substantial evidence against him. Whether he meant it as a joke is irrelevant. At least for the time being. The threat was reported so it must be taken seriously. Having said that, would you prefer to go back to the days when what happened in school stayed in school? Should we blame the messenger? If we want the schools or students to report threats of violence, shouldn't we demand the justice system to take these threats seriously, as well?
paul December 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
This case reminds me of the Salem witch trials.
Bill K. December 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
How so Paul? The accused were beaten & starved. Their accusers lied on the stand. This kid was only arraigned. Let's see what his dangerousness hearing reveals about hus past. As a side note, the kid deserved to sit in jail over Christmas, not so funny now that he has seen the results of his "joke"
paul December 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
If it was up to you he would be beaten & starved, so I'm not too far off.
Tisiphone December 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM
" kids will have to learn the hard way not to make jokes about this either " The idea of a world where kids do not make jokes does not please me. I would like to know more of his actulal intent, if any.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) December 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Let's keep in mind during this discussion, there has been no conviction.
deb of see-attleboro December 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
True, Jonathan. In the meantime, it might be beneficial to know exactly what the charge(s) is/are. This article reports one thing and the Sun Chronicle reports something different.
Doug Melanson December 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I bet he never does it again so our system worked just fine!!! Threatening to hurt people is not a joke. That said, if someone that has a problem with him said he did it and he didn't then that person should spend more time in jail.
paul December 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
DGM, would that make you feel safe, locking up school kids? Locking up everyone is not the answer and it's too expensive. If this kid was related to you, how would you feel? A drunk guy called 911 this weekend saying he knows how to commit a massacre and he's already out. Keeping this kid in jail is wrong. If his family had influence in the court or a relative in the police department, he would be home.
deb of see-attleboro December 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
DGM: We don't know what he did. As Jonathan pointed out, there has been no conviction. I'm not even sure what the specific charges are. Having said that, being thrown in jail is traumatic. Could he end up with a PTSD because of this? I do wonder if these "dangerous hearings" are being abused by overzealous prosecutors.
NAHSParent December 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
In today's climate I believe we have to take these threats seriously. The student that brought this to the administration's attention did the right thing-Don't we tell our children to do that? Yes we do. As a NAHS parent, we were told by a connect ed call, as well as via email, that there were a lot of "rumors" going around, no, these were not rumors. Our children attend this school and know what is going on, they know the student who allegedly made this threat and knowing this student, it was completely believable to them. 17 years old is not an excuse, seriously. Honestly, since when did not having access to a gun stop someone? Someone needs to smarten up!

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