BLAIRSVILLE — A 15-year-old boy is facing charges after being accused of making a social media threat Monday against Blairsville High School, state police said.
Investigating Officer Troy McMullen said in a report that the Blairsville teen does not attend the school, but “posted threatening statements against Blairsville High School on the social media platform Snapchat.”
McMullen said students at the school reported the threats to their principal after arriving at the building.
School officials notified local police and state police at the Indiana barracks around 7:45 a.m., and they responded to the building at 100 School Lane in Burrell Township.
The school was placed on lockdown while police investigated the threat.
"Troopers located and interviewed the suspect and determined that he does not have access to weapons," McMullen said. "The suspect will be charged via juvenile allegation with terroristic threats."
Superintendent Jeffrey Soles and Principal Allan Berkhimer posted a joint letter to parents and guardians on the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District website.
"At no time was any person in harm's way or jeopardizing their well-being," they wrote.
School officials said the social media post involved “inappropriate comments pertaining to the school building." However, they said "there was not a timeline or anyone specific listed in the social media post."
They also stressed that at no time was the teen "in or on school district property."
The two administrators thanked Blairsville students for their quick actions in reporting the threat.
"Our students should be commended for this diligence and reporting the incident immediately to an administrator," they wrote to parents and guardians. "Please continue to encourage your child to report any comments, social media post or information that puts them or someone else in danger.
"This situation was contained and dealt with quickly because those students had the courage to inform an adult. The district thanks those students who came forward in this instance."