COAL TOWNSHIP — A 12-year-old male student at Shamokin Area Elementary School has been charged by Coal Township police with making an indirect threat on social media toward the school Wednesday morning that prompted a lockdown lasting less than an hour.
Patrolman Chris Lapotsky filed a juvenile petition charging the Coal Township boy with a felony of terroristic threats and misdemeanor of disorderly conduct relating to the threat received through Snapchat.
Police said the juvenile was identified as the person making the threat within a matter of minutes. Police reported the juvenile's parents brought their son to Coal Township Police Station, where he was subsequently taken into custody by juvenile probation officers.
Parents received notification of the threat from school officials at 10:51 a.m. The elementary school was in state of lockdown, but the lockdown was lifted at 11:40 a.m.