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Court Places Adams Man On Probation For Drury High Threat

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams man who made a Facebook threat on Drury High School last November was sentenced on Friday to probation and community service.

Zachary Barbeau, 19, created a Facebook profile with a false identity and posted threats against the North Adams school and its students on November 10, 2011. Police tracked the account to his address and he was arrested later that day.

That day the school ramped up safety precautions, which the district attorney's office characterized as a "lock down" but school officials said was not.

Investigators said he did not have access to a gun nor had intentions of carrying out the threat.

He was charged with single counts of threatening the use of a deadly weapon and causing the disruption of a school, threat to commit murder, and disruption of a public assembly.

He pleaded guilty on March 7 and sentenced on Friday by Judge John Agostini in Berkshire Superior Court. Barbeau was placed on two years probation on the condition that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation, counseling and anger management during that period. Additionally, he must perform 100 hours of community service work or seek employment.
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