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Gateway student accused of threats to teachers charged by Monroeville police

Dillon Carr
| Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, 5:33 p.m.
Gateway High School
Gateway High School

A Gateway High School student has been charged for a threat against teachers he allegedly made on Feb. 15.

Vincent Owen, 18, was arrested by Monroeville police at the school and charged the misdemeanor making terroristic threats.

Owen posted a vulgar message on social media that said he was angry at teachers for disrespecting him.

“Look what … happened in Florida,” the message read.

The message was posted the a popular image-sharing app, said Tim Skoog, the assistant director of the Gateway police force.

He said students and high school staff alerted administration about the threat 30 minutes before classes started on Feb. 16.

“Owen admitted to posting the threat on social media because he felt he was being disrespected by the teachers at the school. Owen also made statements about hurting himself when he felt angry,” the criminal complaint said.

Officers found no weapons when they searched Owen's home to see if he had “any means to carry out a mass casualty,” the complaint said.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 30 before Monroeville District Judge Jeffrey Herbst.

Superintendent Bill Short and Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole did not respond to requests for comment.

The incident happened two days after a former student at a Florida high school killed 17 people and injured several others.

At least 12 schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area have reported and investigated threats to students or teachers in the week following the shooting in Florida. Even in the absence of a threat, many others have stepped up police presence in school buildings and tightened security procedures.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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