Three under arrest

Trio of WCSD students taken into custody after threats to their respective schools

Three Warren County students were taken into custody after threatening to “shoot up” their respective schools on Tuesday.

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.

City of Warren Police charged a 12-year-old male of Warren with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, according to a Wednesday release.

According to police, the students, of Sheffield Area Middle School, Warren Area High School, and Beaty-Warren Middle School, respectively, used the same language, saying they were going to “shoot up the school.”

The students used the same words, but there is no evidence that any two or all three conspired in making the threats.

“I am not aware of any connection,” Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said.

State police said two students were in custody Tuesday evening.

City police said the third was ordered to house arrest with monitoring.

Police responded to the first threat at about 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sheffield. “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 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.”

The third threat was reported late Tuesday.

According to Stewart, information regarding that threat was immediately turned over to City of Warren Police for investigation.

City police responded at about 8:40 p.m. “After a lengthy and thorough investigation, a juvenile petition was prepared charging” the student, police said. “An emergency hearing was held in front of the Honorable Maureen Skerda, President Judge, where the juvenile was ordered to house arrest with monitoring.”

Police said the student said he was going to “shoot up the school” and “blow up people’s houses.”