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17-year-old Southampton Township boy for online chat room threats

March 01, 2013

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg arrested a 17-year-old boy from Southampton Township, Pa., on Friday after he made threats in an online chat room that he was going to “shoot up” several area elementary schools, according to a state police spokesman.

Trooper Rob Hicks said the arrest stems from a man who noticed the online threat Thursday and contacted the FBI.

The threat was to “shoot up” three elementary schools in Carlisle, Pa., although no specific schools were named, Hicks said.

Hicks said authorities were able to trace the online threats back to the male juvenile, who later admitted to posting the threats but told police it was “just to increase the conversation in the particular chat room.”

Charges against the boy, who was not named in the email, were filed at Franklin County Juvenile Probation, Hicks said.

Further details about the incident weren’t immediately available.

— C.J. Lovelace

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