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September 11, 2013

Teen charged with threatening to shoot Essex Aggie student, administrators

DANVERS — A troubled Boxford teenager, angered by what he perceived as a failure to respond to his complaints of being bullied by classmates, allegedly threatened last month to shoot a fellow student and administrators at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers, police said.

Tyler Huntress, 17, of 14 Pine Plain Road, had also made references to blowing up or burning down the school and dismembering and torturing classmates, in a series of text messages sent to his girlfriend, who went to police late last month, a Danvers police officer testified during a hearing on whether Huntress poses a danger if released.

Huntress was arrested last Tuesday at his home on a threats charge and was held without bail for a week, until yesterday’s hearing. He has pleaded not guilty.

Police seized a number of knives, as well as two computers, from the home and are continuing to investigate.

Following the hearing, Salem District Court Judge Matthew Nestor decided that while Huntress does pose a danger, he could be released on conditions that include a GPS monitoring bracelet and confinement to his home except to attend school.

Huntress was released from custody yesterday.

The threats came to the attention of police on Aug. 29, when Huntress’s girlfriend contacted police to report the threats.

She told Danvers Patrolman Stephen Baldassare that Huntress had threatened to show up at school on Sept. 2 with a gun and kill a classmate who he said had been bullying him, as well as administrators who, he felt, had failed to take his complaint seriously, the officer testified.

Huntress had reported the bullying at the end of the last school year, the officer said, but administrators told him they did not complete their investigation before classes ended for the school year.

Huntress had sent the girl numerous text messages over the summer, making various threats against administrators, students and the school, as well as threats to harm himself.

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