SALEM, Mass. (AP/MyFoxBoston.com) — A Boxford teenager who police say threatened to shoot another student and administrators at his high school has been released under the condition that he not leave his home except to attend a new school.
A judge released 17-year-old Tyler Huntress Tuesday following a dangerousness hearing, a week after his arrest.
Prosecutors allege Huntress, angered by what he perceived as a failure to respond to his complaints of being bullied at Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Danvers, threatened students and administrators. He also allegedly made references to blowing up or burning down the school and dismembering classmates.
The alleged threats were made via text to Huntress' girlfriend who reported them to police.
Huntress told FOX 25's Crystal Haynes the situation is not as it seems.
"The way they handled it, I mean, the way the teachers handle the situations. I mean it's what led up to this point. Was I ever threatening the school? No. I never threatened the school," Huntress said.
When asked about direct threats made against other students, Huntress replied he never made any "direct threats to anybody."
However, court documents say otherwise. In various messages dating back to July 7, Huntress appears to name at least four boys, describing to his girlfriend ways to mutilate them.
Huntress' girlfriend allegedly told him to "forget the school," but Huntress says "he needs revenge" and that he is going to "burn Aggie to the ground," "bomb the office," and "kill them" referring to a teacher at the high school.
Police in Danvers searched the home Huntress shares with his mother and found a number of knives, ammunition, and needles.
Again, Huntress said the situation is being twisted.
"The fact that they weren't even usable knives. They're dulled. They're replicas from movies. I mean they're making it seem like I'm some sort of weapons collector. They said it in the article. I don't collect weapons," Huntress said.
During Tuesday's dangerousness hearing, the Essex County District Attorney argued Huntress was a danger to the public citing the evidence, the texts, and his behavior during police interviews.
Huntress' public defender refused to comment on camera, but told FOX 25 his client has been upset over his parents' contentious divorce.
When asked about their investigation into Huntress' bullying claims, Essex Agricultural and Technical High School said in a statement, "School is limited to the public comments it can make on the specifics of the issues regarding any current or former student," and cited the school's bullying protocol.
Huntress, who is reportedly a former Boy Scout with no prior record, said he can't say much about the alleged threats until the investigation is over, but plans to speak more about it after he gets it all behind him.
Huntress is due back in court later this month.
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