UPDATE: 14-year-old charged with making online threat regarding PAHS students

Staff Writer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Late Tuesday afternoon, Punxsutawney Area School District administrators learned of threatening remarks posted to social media regarding students at Punxsutawney Area High School, a release posted by PAHS principal Jeff Long on the district website Tuesday evening stated.

“Pennsylvania State Police were informed and became involved immediately,” Long said via the release. “While the investigation is still ongoing, the student who allegedly posted these statements is currently being addressed and faces serious charges. There will be a police presence at the high school Wednesday morning to follow up with school administration regarding the incident.”

In a release issued late Tuesday, PSP-Punxsutawney stated that a 14-year-old male had been changed in the incident after police were alerted to posts he made to Instagram that included photos of the juvenile brandishing a handgun and a simulated rifle/long gun. The text accompanying the photos, police said, inferred that gun violence would be committed against other students.

Police said the juvenile was taken into custody and admitted to making the posts in an effort to keep some other students from bullying him any longer.

He was charged and taken into the custody of the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department.

Long added, “I would like to take time to thank district students who have taken our safety and security message to heart and have reported threatening behavior and statements. This is what we have asked of our students, and those brave enough to do so have made our students safer as a result. They are to be commended. We remain committed to safety and security within our schools, and I ask that students remain alert and report further threats as well. Thank you for your continuing help and support.”