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Guns Seized from Home of Blue Mountain High Student Following Online Threat

guns seized from blue mountain students home following snapchat threat

guns seized from blue mountain students home following snapchat threat

Firearms were seized from the home of a Blue Mountain High School student last night after it was learned he made an online threat.

According to a letter from Blue Mountain Superintendent David Helsel, school officials were made aware yesterday afternoon of threatening comments made by a student on Snapchat. Comments indicated he wanted to “start a school shooting.”

Helsel says when the district learned of the comments, it “detained the student” and searched him and his locker at Blue Mountain High School. His guardians were contacted and sent home with them. The school reported the incident to Pennsylvania State Police.

State Police and someone with the Juvenile Probation Office and the County Crisis Intervention team searched the student’s home and conducted an investigation. The school says the search resulted in “firearms being removed from the home.”

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According to the RepublicanHerald newspaper, State Police say County officials seized any firearms during the search.

Helsels adds the student has been suspended out of school indefinitely and arrested.


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