Randy Ross, a rapper out of Greece, New York, has been arrested for allegedly making a terroristic threat in his latest release, a video for a song called “School Shooter.”
Randy Ross is being accused of making a terroristic threat…and in comes in the form of a song and its music video. Ross, who lives in Greece, New York is a rapper. We’ll take a look at all the latest information on the arrest and why police are taking the lyrics of a music video so seriously. You can also scroll down to watch the “School Shooter” video.
Who Is Randy Ross?
Ross is an independent rapper out of Greece, New York, an area not too far from Rochester. He’s one of many rappers using the Internet to try to break into the music industry.
Also known as “Randy Ross the Rappin Boss” or “Rando From Da Bando,” he has an active Facebook page and just released his latest video for the song “School Shooter.”
The video quality is low budget. But its lyrical content, along with certain locations shown in the video, drove police to arrest the 23-year-old artist.
“School Shooter” contains lyrics like “I lay ’em down like a school shooter” and “I’ll show up at your lunch, here n***a eat this.”
The video can be viewed below, but be warned, it contains NSFW language and situations. Some may find it offensive or disturbing.
The video features Ross driving up to Greece Arcadia High School, as well as possibly two other Greece schools.
A parent of a student at Greece Arcadia discovered the video and reported it to police.
The New York State penal code states that a terroristic threat is a felony. It further states that:
“A person is guilty of making a terroristic threat when with intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a unit of government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a unit of government by murder, assassination or kidnapping, he or she threatens to commit or cause to be committed a specified offense and thereby causes a reasonable expectation or fear of the imminent commission of such offense.
“It shall be no defense to a prosecution pursuant to this section that the defendant did not have the intent or capability of committing the specified offense or that the threat was not made to a person who was a subject thereof.”
“Police allege that Ross, a former student in the Greece School District, made a terroristic threat via the video and the lyrics of “School Shooter.”
Timing Is Everything
The video for “School Shooter” was released just days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.
Had Ross released it a few days before, the video may have gone unnoticed. Instead, it had over 10,000 views on YouTube as of this writing.
His Facebook page has promotional posts for the video, one of which even says: “WORD ON THE STREET IS THE SCHOOL SHOOTER IN FLORIDA WAS LISTENING TO THIS DURING THE MASSACRE.”
While this post may have been a publicity stunt of sorts, Greece police were not going to take any chances. They arrested Ross, arraigned him on February 27, 2018, and remanded him to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond.
No further court dates have been set as of yet.