A former Canandaigua Academy student will serve 5-years of probation for pulling a fire alarm back in May that temporarily shut down the school.
CANANDAIGUA — A youthful offender was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation for pulling a school fire alarm.
The incident dates back to May 10 when the local fire department responded to a fire alarm activation at the Canandaigua Academy. As a result, the school was closed for a period of time and the student was later charged with first degree falsely reporting an incident, a class D felony.
“I wasn’t aware it would be a felony; if I had known, I never would have pulled it,” said the student, who is now 17 years old. “I’m sorry I pulled it."
The student has since switched schools.
Due to the age of the defendant, Messenger Post Media is withholding the teen's name.
According to Mollie Dapolito, from the Ontario County Public Defender's Office, her client was facing up to seven years in prison because it is considered a violent felony offense.
"There's nothing above fire alarms warning people that if they pull this they could be found guilty of a class D violent felony offense and face up to 7-years in state prison," said Dapolito. "It's something parents want to talk to their kids about so that their kids don't end up in the same situation as this young man."
Dapolito said that the fire alarms are a critical tool for our safety and there is sound reason for these penalties.