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Boy, 12, arrested in online threat that closed Apollo-Ridge School District

Emily Balser
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in relation to a threat made on social media that closed Apollo-Ridge School District on Monday.

Kiski Township police posted to their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon to inform residents a juvenile had been arrested, but they declined to release a name "due to the age of the actor."

Kiski Township police Sgt. Christian Disciscio said the suspect is a 12-year-old boy.

The police said the arrest was made with the help of the FBI and the Apollo-Ridge School District.

The threat was made via social media. It referenced only Apollo and not specifically the school district, but officials canceled class anyway out of "an abundance of caution."

"It was found that the threat was not directed toward the Apollo-Ridge School District, though it originally appeared so," Disciscio said. "The threat was found to have been directed toward an individual."

Apollo-Ridge resumed classes Tuesday , but with heightened security measures.

Superintendent Matt Curci thanked the police and FBI along with the students, staff and families for their cooperation during the investigation.

"Their cooperation, dedication, and willingness to support one another in difficult circumstances are part of what makes Apollo-Ridge a special place," he said.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4680, emilybalser@tribweb.com or on Twitter @emilybalser.

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