A Saugus middle-schooler could face charges after he created an animated movie that depicted violence against a teacher, police said.
A Belmonte Middle School official notified police Wednesday that the student had posted the animated short on YouTube, Saugus Police Lieutenant Leonard Campanello said. Police immediately informed YouTube, and the video, which divulged the teacher’s name, was taken down the same day, he said.
"Any allegation or threat against a school official is something we have to take very seriously, whether or not the intention is real," Campanello said.
The student will be summonsed to court on a charge of threatening to commit a crime, Campanello said. He did not know when.
This wouldn’t be the first time a Massachusetts student has faced charges because of artwork perceived as threatening. A 12-year old Worcester boy in 1999 was sentenced to five years of probation after he drew himself pointing a gun at a teacher. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2001 shot down arguments that the drawing was protected by the First Amendment.
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