An 11-year-old girl was charged with a felony after threatening a teacher at an elementary school in the New York town of Shawangunk on Thursday.


What: The girl was a student at Ostrander Elementary School and was charged with making a terroristic threat. 


According to Trooper Steven Nevel, who was interviewed by a local news outlet, the girl, who has not been identified, made the threat out of anger towards the teacher. And in his words, the threat was “not even close to being credible.”


The incident did not involve a weapon, and as of now, the girl has been released to the custody of her parents while waiting to appear in Ulster County Family Court.


Why: As debate continues to rage in the wake of the Parkland shooting, the Ostrander Elementary School case can perhaps be taken as a sign of increasing national anxieties over how to address violence, particularly in schools.

It should be noted that it's not clear if the reaction to the Ostrander student's threat is connected to broader concerns over how schools should address violence. However, such occurrences aren't exactly rare.


​Various ​outlets have reported on school administrations making headlines for attempts -- publicly perceived as overreactions -- to stamp out violence by punishing students.