Students who made threats in custody

Two Warren County School District students at different buildings were taken into custody Tuesday after threatening to “shoot up the school.”

A 14-year-old male from Sheffield and a 16-year-old male from Warren were each charged with third-degree felony terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, according to a Wednesday release from Pennsylvania State Police.

Both were in custody Tuesday evening.

Police responded to the first threat at about 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sheffield Middle School. “As troopers arrived on scene, the threat was assessed and thoroughly investigated,” police said. “The accused was taken into custody while a juvenile petition was prepared charging him… An emergency hearing was held in front of Judge (Gregory) Hammond and the accused was committed to an adolescent center in Oil City pending an adjudication hearing.”

Police were then called to Warren Area High School at 3:05 p.m. “Troopers responded to the high school and conducted a thorough investigation and subsequently arrested a known-16-year-old male…” police said. “He was taken into custody… by Warren County Juvenile Probation and placed accordingly awaiting an adjudication hearing.”

“The Pennsylvania State Police takes every threat reported to us with a zero-tolerance approach,” police said. “PSP will assess the validity of each alleged threat and investigate thoroughly on a case-by-case basis and will see the actor is held accountable for their actions.”

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