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Youth accused of trying to kill students, staff at Indian River High School

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WATERTOWN — A 15-year-old has been named in an indictment charging him with trying to kill students and staff at Indian River High School in January.

Nicholas A. Nicorvo, Fort Drum, is charged with two counts of second-degree attempted murder and single counts of criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree attempted assault.

The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. He is being charged as an adult under special provisions afforded youthful offenders. All future criminal proceedings against him will take place in County Court, Chief Assistant District Attorney Kristyna S. Mills said.

It is alleged in the indictment that on Jan. 15, the youth, a student at Indian River, Philadelphia, attempted to kill or seriously injure classmates and staff with a rifle. It further is alleged that he tried to kill science teacher Robert M. Kuba, who is credited with averting tragedy by disarming the youth.

The rifle was brought into the classroom in its case under a blanket, authorities said in January. According to Mr. Kuba’s account of the incident, the youth told him he wanted to show the class an experiment on conduction, a subject the class had covered the week before.

The student brought the covered case to the front of the room to an instructional table and leaned down to get the rifle. When Mr. Kuba recognized it was a gun, he grabbed the rifle’s barrel, pointed it away from students and, with his other hand, pushed the youth away from the weapon. He then led the student to the back of the classroom, put him in the chemical storage room and called the main office.

A sheriff’s detective said shortly after the incident that the youth told him he had been planning to bring the gun to the school for months and had a “very detailed plan,” but could provide no further details. No one was injured.

Mr. Kuba was presented the state Senate Liberty Award on Jan. 31 for his heroic actions. Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, presented the award, which is considered one of the highest civilian honors a New York resident can receive. According to the state Senate website, the honor is awarded to people who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.

The youth has been ordered held without bail since his arrest and is at a facility that will enable him to receive appropriate medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment, Mrs. Mills said.

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