Falkirk teen accused of school massacre threat

St Mungo's High School
St Mungo's High School
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A teenager has been accused of threatening to use a blade to carry out a massacre at a local school.

Andrew Ferguson (17) is scheduled to go on trial facing a charge of intending to cause fear and alarm through a threat he allegedly posted on Twitter to “massacre children” at St Mungo’s High.

The Merchiston Avenue premises, which opened five years ago on the site of the former high school’s sports fields, currently has a roll of more than 1300 pupils.

The teenager is also charged with behaving in a threatening manner, sending another tweet aimed at the school’s deputy headmaster stating he “hoped his family would die in a massacre”.

A third charge alleges he acted in a racially aggravated manner by posting derogatory remarks about the pastoral head of the school and stating he wanted to assault her.

All the charges claim he sent the tweets from his home at 13 Mariner Street, Camelon on June 5.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday (Wednesday), Ferguson denied all three charges.

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll set trial for September, with a pre-trial hearing taking place in August.