Penn Middle School student, 13, charged with terroristic threat, harassment
Penn Township police charged a Penn Middle School seventh-grader with terroristic threats and harassment after he was accused of making threats about the principal over the last couple of weeks, police Chief John Otto said.
Police began investigating the situation on Saturday, when a parent of a student notified them that a photo of a gun was posted on the 13-year-old boy's Kik Messenger social-media page, Otto said.
Authorities continue to investigate the context — in relation to the principal — of the picture, as well as the possibility that the photo had been posted by another person, the chief said.
“We are still working our way through this,” Otto said. “There's a very good possibility that more charges may be filed.”
The boy was scheduled to appear at a hearing in Westmoreland County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, after deadline for this paper.
Otto said a few of his officers were at the school on Tuesday morning, and one officer stayed at the school throughout the day.
“That's one of the things we do as a strong commitment to our schools,” Otto said. “Our officers are in our schools every day.”
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Nemitz joins Manor Council
- Manor stalls on land bank decision
- Fracking next step at Penn Township drill site
- Manor officials grudgingly OK transit deal
- UPMC East donates school supplies for P-T students
- Penn Township woman helps island recover from typhoon
- Sunoco Pipeline agrees to pay $120K for building on Penn Twp. land without permission
- Penn-Trafford alumna paints murals at elementary
- Penn-Trafford adds 10 teachers
- Penn Township settles drilling suit