College Student Arrested For Threatening Campus Via Social Media

Oct 7, 2015

A Paul Smith’s College student has been arrested for making threats against the campus through social media.

New York State Police responded to a reported threat made over social media against  Paul Smith's College Monday night.     

On Tuesday State Police arrested 21 year-old Ryan N. Bell of Colchester, VT., charging him with Making a Terroristic Threat, a class D Felony.

Bell is accused of posting a message on a social media site that threatened members of the college community.   

Paul Smith's College Chief Marketing Officer Shannon Oborne: “At the moment there’s no perceived risk of danger to our community.  The student who was involved is no longer on campus. We’re continuing to assist the New York State Police as they work to determine the details of the case.“
Bell was arraigned and jailed in lieu of 10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.  He is a junior at the college, but has been ordered by the court to stay away from the campus.

State Police did not release the nature of the threats nor which social media platform was used.  
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 518-897-2000.