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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."

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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