Juvenile charged with cyber threats
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 AM
A student at Philadelphia High School remained in police custody Tuesday after he was charged with felony cyber stalking/threats last week.
The BB gun, which was recovered, highly resembled a real pistol, the authorities said.
The male juvenile, 15, is being held in a juvenile facility outside the county after he was arrested early Thursday morning after allegedly posting a video of himself brandishing what appeared to be a handgun and threatening another student while referencing the city school, Chief of Police Grant Myers said.
School officials notified police about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 after receiving several calls about a video posted on social media of a student threatening another student while holding a gun, Myers said.
"In the video, he referenced the school during the threat," he said. "After viewing the video I received an order from youth court to take him into custody."
The juvenile was arrested shortly after midnight on Thursday at his residence in the city and taken to a juvenile facility.
Following an investigation, officers recovered the gun about an hour later at a friend's house in the city.
"It was a BB pistol which highly resembled a real gun," Myers said.
"Anytime a threat is made at the school we take it very seriously and we are going to be proactive in dealing with it."
He commended his officers for quickly solving the case.
"My officers handled the situation very well.
"I had three working the shift and called in two extra along with myself to deal with this incident. They did an outstanding job of running down leads as they came up," Myers said.
He also thanked the school officials for their assistance in the investigation, noting that they were very helpful.
Myers urged parents and relatives of children to monitor their social media very closely.
"There have been several incidents nationwide of children being shot while brandishing a BB gun which resembles a real gun," he said.
The juvenile is awaiting a hearing in youth court.