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Cops: 9-year-old Yough student used app to make bomb threat

Joe Napsha
| Thursday, May 31, 2018, 12:33 a.m.
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A 9-year-old West Newton -area girl will face disciplinary actions when she returns to school in August for allegedly using a cellphone app to transmit a bomb threat to a Herminie elementary school.

Yough Superintendent Janet Sardon said Thursday that the youngster would be dealt with through the school's disciplinary process. Sardon declined to comment whether the girl would be suspended.

The school district did send parents a letter about the incident, Sardon said.

The young suspect allegedly threatened to bomb Yough's H.W. Good Elementary School on the Herminie-West Newton Road in a message issued at 4 p.m. May 26, according to state police at Greensburg. She attends that school, police said.

The threat was made through the app “Roblox,” which bills itself as being the place to imagine with friends. With the largest user-generated online gaming platform, and more than 15 million games created by users, Roblox is the top gaming site for children and teens.

The state police said they were notified on Tuesday to assist in the investigation.

The threat made against the Yough elementary school is just the latest in a spate of school threats in Western Pennsylvania since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 students and faculty were killed on Feb. 14 by a lone gunman.

At least 51 threats have been made against schools, students or teachers in southwestern Pennsylvania since the Florida school shooting. At least 14 juveniles across the region, ages 12 to 17, face terroristic threats charges in connection with such investigations.

Three bomb threats were made at Norwin High School over 10 school days in February and March. An unidentified 14-year-old male student will be charged with three counts each of terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct through juvenile court.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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