Tuesday, April 16, 2019

High School Student Facing Charges After Making Threat to Use Gun at Pottsville Area

A Pottsville Area student is facing charges after making a threat towards the Pottsville Area School District on Monday.

According to Chief Richard Wojiechowsky, around 9:30am, Monday, Pottsville Police were dispatched to the Pottsville Area High School in response to a male 10th grade student making a threat to use a firearm in the school.

Wojiechowsky said "Upon arrival police learned that the male had been in a classroom with other students when he had asked if anyone knew where he could get a weapon so that he could shoot up the school and shoot a specific faculty member." 

Students in the classroom became upset when hearing the threats and reported the statements to school officials who immediately removed the student from the classroom setting to a more secure location and notified police.

The student admitted to school officials and police that he had made the statements but claimed that it had been a joke.

A Juvenile Allegation was prepared by Ptlm James Englert charging the juvenile with Terroristic threats and Persistent Disorderly Conduct and Schuylkill County Juvenile Justice officers met with police and took custody of the student for further action pursuant to their agencies protocol.

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