One charge dropped against activist who caused scare

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The man accused of causing a major security scare at a Buffalo school appeared in court Thursday. This is the latest chapter in a case that started with a school in lockdown and a neighborhood swarmed by police.

Dwayne Ferguson waived his right to a felony hearing in Buffalo City Court Thursday morning. Now, his case is being transferred to Erie County Court.

Police say Ferguson is responsible for a major scare that took place on February 6th at Harvey Austin Elementary School. The president of the local MAD DADS chapter, an organization against violence and drugs, was found carrying a handgun inside the school. The scare prompted a lockdown.

Ferguson originally faced a number of charges including one count of criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Now he’s only facing one count.

Erie County Assistant District Attorney Michael Flaherty said, “He was originally charged with possession of weapon in the second degree. That charge has not been held for the grand jury because Mr. Ferguson has a permit. He had a lawful permit for the weapon.”

News 4 asked Ferguson if he wanted to comment. He declined.

Flaherty says this case could be resolved before it’s presented to the grand jury. But Flaherty says it’s too early to know if any charges will be dismissed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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