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Teen accused of threat that locked down Blairsville High School

September 19, 2018

A Blairsville teen is accused of posting threatening statements against Blairsville High School on social media.

State police in Indiana County said on Monday they located and interviewed the 15-year-old boy, who does not attend the school, and determined he doesn’t have access to weapons. Police said terroristic threat charges were pending.

Students reported the statements, posted on the Snapchat platform, to the school’s principal after arriving for classes Monday morning, police said. Police were notified and responded to the school at about 7:45 a.m. The school was placed on lockdown while police investigated.

In a letter to parents posted on the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District website, the school’s principal, Allan Berkhimer, and district superintendent Jeffrey Soles said, “The situation was not founded to be a viable threat to the building. At no time was any person in harm’s way....”

They added that the teen accused of making the threats was not on district property.

The social media post included “inappropriate comments pertaining to the school building. However, there was not a time line or anyone specific listed,” the school officials said.

They thanked the students who reported the Snapchat post. Police and district officials encouraged students and community members to continue to report any suspicious or threatening activity to authorities.

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