Kenneth Carter, security guard, threatened to blow up Nyack High School, cops say

Ken Carter, a Nyack High School security guard,

Ken Carter, a Nyack High School security guard, was arrested and charged with attempted crime of terrorism/making a terroristic threat after allegedly threatening to shoot people. (Credit: Clarkstown Police Department)

A Nyack High School security guard was arraigned on charges of making a terroristic threat after he allegedly said he was going to "go home and get his guns and come back and blow up the whole place," according to court documents.

Kenneth A. Carter, 51, was arrested Wednesday after another security guard, Lynne Clark, alerted authorities of the statements made just before 9:30 a.m. at the school on Christian Herald Road in Upper Nyack, the court papers say.

Clark told a Clarkstown police officer she believed Carter was ranting about a pending disciplinary meeting with the school's principal when he allegedly said "he was not the one to mess with," the documents state.


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According to Clark, Carter also said, "he is not Barry and he is not going to accept this." Clark believed Carter was alluding to a former security aide at the high school whose employment was recently terminated, according to the criminal complaint.

Carter was charged with an attempted crime of terrorism, a felony, and released on $1,000 bail the same day, officials said.

Reached by phone at his home Tuesday afternoon, Carter declined to comment.

"I don't want to say anything," Carter said. "Let me call my lawyer and I'll have him get back to you."

James Montesano, superintendent of Nyack Union Free School District, told News12 that he was made aware of the arrest late last week, but there is no cause for concern to the overall safety or welfare of the students. Montesano would not discuss if Carter, who was not armed, was placed on suspension, citing personnel privacy.

But Laurie Strauss and Maria Crisafi, co-presidents of Nyack's Parent Teacher Student Association, said that word of the arrests has not yet gotten out to parents.

"It's disturbing to hear," Strauss, who has a child that attends the school, said when told of the arrest by Newsday.

Typically, according to Strauss, when an arrest or other crime occurs within the school, an email is sent out to parents from the district's public information office.

"It makes me wonder about many things," Crisafi said. "About the hiring process, the vetting process, the background checks."

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