Somerset County, PA – More threats of violence continue to pop up in schools across Pennsylvania, just a week after a devastating shooting that left 17 people dead at a Florida school.
Two students at Shade-Central City School District in Somerset County have been arrested after they were allegedly planning a mass shooting at their graduation. 18-year-old Jacob Deneen and another student were both taken into custody, and police are still investigating what they were planning to do. The school intends to increase its security for the next several weeks and the day of graduation.
Closer to our area, a 15-year-old male student made a “possible threat of violence” on Tuesday at the Philipsburg-Osceola High School. Troopers are conducting in-depth interviews with witnesses and the student’s friends and family, though State Police in Philipsburg say they don’t believe at this time that there was a credible threat to the school or to other students.
Remind your students that making threats is never a joke. Even if the words are meant as a prank, they can cause a widespread panic, distract police from other crimes, and waste valuable time and resources. Those who make threats can face felony charges that will follow them for the rest of their lives.
Across the state, schools are becoming more cautious and ramping up their security. DuBois Area School District has had police officers based in each of their school buildings for years, one of which is Officer Janice Bart.
Officer Janice Bart reminds students and parents to tell something (a school official, police officer, teacher, or other trusted adult) if they see something suspicious.
Officer Bart says parents can help by talking with their kids about anything they’re worried about and checking their backpacks for any items that shouldn’t be coming into the school.
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