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Annville-Cleona student charged after making threats

Updated: Wednesday, March 12 2014, 10:53 PM CDT
Reported by: Ewa Roman

ANNVILLE -- CBS 21 News has learned that Annville- Cleona High School remains on heightened security after a student made a threat involving a shooting at the school, which was supposed to happen Wednesday.

We learned from the superintendent that they encourage students to come forward and report things like this, and that’s what helped them stop what could have been another tragedy.

South Annville Township Police say Tuesday they got a call from Annville-Cleona High School, telling them that three students reported that another student was making comments about a shooting at the school.

As police continued their investigation, they found a  14-year-old  boy , an eighth grader, allegedly made that threat and say it was a serious one, which had the potential to be carried out.

CBS 21 News obtained a statement from the Annville- Cleona School District today:
"This afternoon the administration received a report of a student making threats against the school. Following a joint investigation by the administration and the South Annville Township Police Department, the student was taken into police custody. The investigation has led us to believe this is an isolated incident, involving only this student. As a precaution, the school district will maintain heightened security."
The superintendent says that they were alerted ahead of time and were able to speak to the student early and get him the help he needed.  He was charged with making terroristic threats and taken to a detention center.

Also, the school district tells us that they train their bus drivers to be vigilant, using them as a first line of defense.

CBS 21 News also learned that the Annville-Cleona School District spent the past two and a half years reviewing safety plans with police and other first responders.

Some parents we spoke with say that it’s something we all have to deal with, while others think more can be done to keep kids and school staff safer.

“It’s just the world we live in now, it’s crazy it’s happening and you have to take everything serious,” said Darrin Armel, parent.

“I think that there has to be more safety in the schools and I think we should have security at the front doors of the schools and detectors,” believes Grace Wild.

The main thing all students need to know; if you hear about a threat, report it to someone you trust.
Annville-Cleona student charged after making threats


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