Alleged Columbine Comment Prompts NY Custodian’s Arrest

September 11, 2015

Police have arrested a Long Island, New York, school custodian on a charge of making a terroristic threat.

A criminal complaint alleges 40-year-old Brian Hulsen of Bethpage  alluded in the threat last Friday in a school faculty room to planning to copy the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High Shool.

The Oyster Bay-East Norwich school district posted a statement on its website saying Hulsen has been suspended and that his master key has been confiscated.

Hulsen was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home. The complaint says police confiscated two assault rifles and one shotgun.

He was arraigned Friday in Nassau County district court in Hempstead on the misdemeanor charge and was freed on $5,000 bail.

His attorney, Joseph Lo Piccolo, called the charges "over-reaching" and said his client made no direct threats.