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Police: Former Mid Valley High School Student Sent Threatening Texts

May 14, 2019

A former Mid Valley School District student who moved to western Pennsylvania is accused of sending threatening text and Facebook messages to students there. Devin DiPasquale, 19, 5 Dorchester Drive, Bldg. 5, Apt. 4T, Bethel Park, was charged Tuesday with making terroristic threats and harassment after Throop police investigated a series of messages DiPasquale sent to Mid Valley High School students. Two students reported the first messages on Thursday. DiPasquale sent them text messages that said he was returning to the high school and other texts that had pictures of a teacher and student at the school with the words “Red Rum” written across the photos. Red Rum is “murder” spelled backwards and a reference to the Stephen King novel and film “The Shining.” The students told police they hadn’t talked to DiPasquale since he moved to the Pittsburgh-area a few years ago, according to court documents. School resource officers at the school notified borough police Chief Keith Jones, who arranged for Bethel Park police to bring DiPasquale and his father, Ron, to their police station for a phone conference. Jones asked DiPasquale why he was sending the messages and DiPasquale responded, “That’s where I was abused and bullied,” according to court documents. Jones asked if DiPasquale had any intent to return to the high school and DiPasquale said he didn’t want to return to the Mid Valley-area because he didn’t have any friends there and he had to stay in western Pennsylvania to take care of his dad, police said. Jones told DiPasquale not to send any more messages and if he did, he would faces charges. DiPasquale said he wouldn’t send any more, according to court documents. Shortly afterward, Mid Valley administrators reported to police other messages DiPasquale sent to other students. On Monday, DiPasquale sent photos of two people who had killed a police officer with the message, “Yo Officer Kline you got this.” Throop police Officer Lewis Kline is a school resource officer who worked at Mid Valley High School when DiPasquale attended. Police in Bethel Park will take DiPasquale into custody and he will be brought to Lackawanna County to answer the charges filed against him, Jones said. Contact the writer: cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter