Punxsutawney, PA – A 14-year-old boy from the Punxsutawney Area School District was taken into custody after he allegedly made violent threats on his Instagram account.

The boy reportedly posted threatening photos on the social media site in early March, including photos of him brandishing a handgun and a simulated rifle/long gun. He wrote a message along with the photos, threatening to harm other students.

When police took the boy into custody, he admitted to making the posts after he had been bullied. He reportedly said that he hoped the social media posts would stop the other students from bothering him anymore.

He was charged and taken to Jefferson County Juvenile Probation.


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