Two juveniles charged with making threats of a shooting at PAHS

Larry McGuire
Staff Writer

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Two Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) students were arrested on Wednesday by Punxsutawney Borough Police for allegedly making threats of a shooting that was being planned for the high school.

Punxsutawney Borough Police Chief Matt Conrad said police were summoned to the Punxsutawney Area High School at 2:30 p.m. on a report of two students making threats of a shooting at school. He said the student who came forward had let them know it was conversation they’ve been having for a little bit as to how they would carry out a shooting at PAHS.

“All threats are taken seriously by the police department, and the two male juveniles were taken into custody and charged by juvenile allegations with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct,” Conrad reported.

He said they’ve had four different threats of some sort since the shootings happened in Florida, two at PAHS and two at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School (PAMS).

“The PAMS threats were threats of bombs, which we have charges pending on one, and the other incident, we’ve already charged the individual,” Conrad said. “At PAHS, one was a bomb threat with no suspect; the most recent one was yesterday, where they were allegedly planning a shooting,” Conrad said. He added that they are going to be more proactive in the schools by doing random walk-throughs.

Conrad said they are working with the district to plan assemblies to educate the students on the seriousness of the charges.

The Punxsutawney Area School District released a text message regarding the incident, stating, “On Feb. 21, a threat against the high school was heard on a bus. The administration enacted disciplinary consequences. The police responded, and the instructional day was not disrupted,” it said.