Woman arrested for Walton Facebook threats

By Haley Burton
By Matt Porter

June 20, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT

Walton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A woman was arrested Thursday in connection to several Facebook threats against children and school buildings in Walton.

Jennifer L. Morris, 28, of Hancock, was charged with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the first degree (felony) and one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree (misdemeanor).

Morris was arrested early Thursday morning by Walton police and New York State Police after a lengthy investigation into Facebook threats toward the Walton Central School District.

This is the second time police arrested Morris for making threats online.

She was arraigned in Village of Walton Court on the charges and sent to the Delaware County Jail where her bail was increased from $10,000 to $20,000 cash bail and $40,000 bond, according to jail officials.

Parents and teachers have written a letter imploring the Delaware District Attorney to pursue the maximum sentence of eight years.

Parent Stacey Johnson said Morris' actions are inexcusable.

"I just really hope that she's made an example of, and that she's going to be shown that this is something you can't get away with," Johnson said. "It is unacceptable, and you can not, and will not mess with our children like this."

Walton Police Chief Brian Laauser said it's an ongoing investigation and additional charges are pending.

Morris allegedly made two more threats in the past week. One last week threatened planting something in a student's backpack. Wednesday, police say a threat came in from Morris about the Townsend School.

The Townsend School closed in response to the threat ending its year one day early. Parents were allowed to go to the school to pick up student belongings and report cards.

Walton Superintendent Dr. George Mack said the school will pursue a civil lawsuit against Morris for the costs of extra security during the last half year.

"The message has to go out that this is terroristic and with significant cost not only to the school, but to other agencies," Mack said. "And it's no way to lead a life to have those types of threats over children."

The police department was assisted in the investigation by the FBI, New York State Police and its K-9 units, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, NYC Department of Environmental Protection police and its K-9 units.