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Penn Middle School student, 13, charged with terroristic threat, harassment

| Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

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 cforeman@tribweb.com.

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