Officials: Recent Adams threat deemed 'not credible'
The shooting threat was made via a Facebook post on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 27, according to a statement released Friday by Adams-Cheshire Regional School Superintendent Robert Putnam.
Administrators met with Adams and state police to assess the threat, which was determined to have come from Texas by an individual without the means to come to Massachusetts to make good on the threat.
The suspect, Troy Goodermote-Klein, 20, was taken into custody by police in Texas on Sept. 1, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office website. It was not immediately clear when he will be transported to Northern Berkshire District Court to face charges, or if he has an attorney.
In a post on Facebook under the name "Troy Lit," Goodermote-Klein allegedly wrote that "in Texas I can buy an AK 47 $699 to kill you all" and to prepare for the "Hoosac Valley [Massacre]" or the Hijinx Massacre, a reference to the annual street fair in Adams that was scheduled for Aug. 28.
The threat also included a reference to an Adams car crash last June that left a Hoosac Valley student dead. The police report noted Goodermote-Klein was "involved" in the crash, but was not specific.
Local police reached out to authorities in Kentucky, where Goodermote-Klein was last known to reside. Kentucky Police had investigated Goodermote-Klein for calling in a false hostage situation on Aug. 18, but discovered that he had since moved to Texas, according to the police report filed by Adams Police Officer Michael Wandrei.
Although authorities were unaware of his exact location, Goodermote-Klein's posts to Facebook showed him "in flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey," according to Wandrei.
School officials and law enforcement developed a safety plan to take effect during the first week of school and a note was sent home with students informing families of the threat and explaining the safety plan.
"The plan included all of the routine precautions regularly followed by the school including alerting all staff, asking them to be vigilant for anything out of the ordinary, making sure that all doors were closed and locked, and the process of screening all visitors to the building prior to allowing access," Putnam said in his statement.
Adams, Cheshire and state police were also assigned to the school building and conducted regular patrols of the parking lot.
The police presence continued until Sept. 1, when it was learned the suspect had been taken into custody.
Putnam thanked the state and local police departments for their "guidance and support."
"Their knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to public safety was evident in their every action," Putnam said. "They devoted considerable time to the development and implementation of the safety plan and their continued presence throughout the week ensured calm and confidence that all precautions had been taken to ensure the safety of our community."
The threat explicitly mentioned the June crash that left Kaliq Sherman dead. Several other people, who have not been identified, were in that car.
Goodermote-Klein's family members believed he would not return to Massachusetts "due to the problems he was having with family and friends of Kaliq Sherman as a result of the fatal motor vehicle accident," Wandrei wrote.
The police report also notes that Goodermote-Klein's mother died in April.
The investigation into Goodermote-Klein's whereabouts was complicated by Hurricane Harvey, which initially made it difficult for Adams Police to reach Texas authorities or the family members he was believed to be living with.
He faces two counts of threatening to commit a crime and a single count of making a bomb or hijacking threat causing serious public alarm.
Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter. Staff writer Adam Shanks contributed to this report.
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