A recipient of President Barack Obama’s DACA Executive Order was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up a school.
Abigail Hernandez, 21, of Rochester, came to the United States when she was 3 years old with her parents.
Hernandez thus qualifies as a “dreamer” under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) rules.
Rochester Deputy Mayor Dr. Cedric Alexander and Deputy Chief La’Ron Singletary told reporters on Friday that police were notified about a threat posted on the East High School Facebook page.
The threat said, “I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya [expletive],” reported WHAM.
Court papers state that Hernandez made a fake Facebook account that she used to post the threat.
The fake account, with the name “Martin Doll,” threw off investigators so much that Singletary said it took them days to make an arrest.
When officers traced the account to Hernandez and rushed to her home, they found a shotgun inside.
She was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat.
“The quick thinking of school staff and the tenacious work of the investigators of the police department following through on this Facebook post lead to the arrest of Abigail Hernandez and the recovery of a shotgun,” a statement from the Rochester Police Department said.
Under DACA, Hernandez’s illegal immigrant status was deferred for at least two years with the possibility of renewal, but the deadline for renewal is approaching and federal lawmakers haven’t reached an agreement as to whether the program will continue or not.
Hernandez’s parents claim that their daughter is a special needs student and her father said she didn’t make the threat.
“It’s my daughter and somebody lied about it,” Eufracio Flores told WHAM. “It’s not true.”
He said the shotgun found inside the home was his and was actually found in an adjacent home where he lives.
“My daughter never fight,” said Flores. “[If] you go to her school and ask the teacher, [does] Abigail fight? No. My daughter’s nice. Every teacher in the school talks nice about her.”
Her mother told the Democrat & Chronicle that her daughter relies heavily upon her.
“She’s not right mentally—she doesn’t pick up what people say,” her mother, who asked not to be identified by name, said in Spanish. “She’s very dependent on me.”
Her father added that his daughter doesn’t even know how to get to East High School by herself. She attended the school for several years.
“You put my daughter [in front of our house] and say to go to East [High], she doesn’t know how,” he said.