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Boy made gun noises to Greensburg Salem Middle School teacher, police say

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
Greensburg Salem Middle School
Greensburg Salem Middle School

A teenaged boy is being charged with terroristic threats for making machine gun noises in class and threatening a Greensburg Salem Middle School teacher, said Greensburg Police Capt. Robert Stafford.

Police were called to the North Main Street school Monday at 2:50 p.m. after it was reported the boy directed the noises at a teacher, Stafford said. The charge will be handled through county juvenile probation.

The student was “laughing and joking about school shootings,” police said in a report. Police said the suspect is 14, but Greensburg Salem Superintendent Eileen Amato later said he is 13.

Investigators wrote in a report that a student overheard the suspect “talking about shooting the school.” Amato said school officials believed there were some inconsistencies in that report.

She declined to further comment, citing student disciplinary issues.

School districts around the area have been dealing with rumors and threats since 17 people were killed and several others injured in a shooting last week at a Florida high school.

“In light of all ... the threats, we're being extra diligent,” Amato said. “We are really working with the law enforcement, and we appreciate them.”

A Snapchat message shut down Franklin Regional School District Friday after a student sent a threatening photo, and state police are investigating a threatening Snapchat message allegedly sent by a Somerset County male juvenile . Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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