JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A teenager has been arrested in connection with a threat to “shoot up” a Pennsylvania high school two weeks after he was charged with risking a catastrophe there.
Officials say no students in Johnstown’s Westmont Hilltop School District were ever in real danger before Monday’s arrest.
Chief Donald Hess of the Upper Yoder Township police force says multiple witnesses have come forward to say the youth made the threat Sunday while off school grounds.
Hess says the boy was upset that he was charged Jan. 25 with a felony after allegedly dropping a lit match on the carpet in an occupied classroom.
In December, classes were canceled after a threat later deemed not credible, but four days later a credible threat prompted another cancellation and charges against a 12-year-old.