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Former Drury High Student Admits to Facebook Threats

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former Drury High School student admitted on Wednesday to making Facebook threats against his alma mater last November.

Zachary T. Barbeau, 19, of Commercial Street, Adams, pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning in Berkshire Superior Court to single counts of threatening the use of a deadly weapon and causing serious public alarm, threat to commit a crime (to wit: assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon) and disruption of a public assembly.

He was first arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court before his case was transferred to Superior Court.

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

School officials decided to hold classes, although existing rules on access and student behavior were strictly enforced.

Barbeau was released on personal recognizance by Judge John Agostini, pending sentencing on April 27 at 9 a.m.  

The investigation was conducted by state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, state troopers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and members of the North Adams and Adams police departments.

Updated at 1:47 p.m. because graduation & date not confirmed.

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