An offhand remark by a Greece Odyssey Academy student during lunchtime on Friday sparked a police investigation that led to the arrest of four people in connection with an alleged plot to attack a Muslim community in New York.
Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said the probe kicked off after a 16-year-old student showed a picture of another person on his phone to friends in the cafeteria and “made a comment to the effect ‘he looks like the next school shooter, doesn’t he?'”
Other students alarmed by that student’s remarks reported them to school officials.
Through a series of subsequent interviews, police were eventually led to what Phelan said was a “serious plot” to attack the community of Islamberg in Delaware County, near the Catskills.
During the investigation, police recovered 23 firearms and three homemade bombs, Phelan said.
Source: USA Today