Milton students and parents react to false shooting threat

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MILTON, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Several school districts across the region have reported online threats, sending some students to remote learning until school boards say it’s safe to return.

Multiple school districts, including Milton, East Stroudsburg and Blue Mountain have all had online threats just this week, sending some students home and leaving parents concerned.

Information circulated on social media led to a number of threats for several school districts. Each of those school districts had to react and do what’s best for it’s students and staff.

On Tuesday, the Blue Mountain High School administration had reports of a male student who made threats on Snapchat about a shooting. Police were contacted and he was immediately removed from the school. He’s since been suspended and arrested. Later, Pennsylvania State Police searched and removed firearms from the residence.

Also on Tuesday, North High School in East Strousdsburg beefed up police at the school after receiving tips from Safe2Say about racial content shared on social media by students. Safe2Say is a state program that allows people to anonymously report hate speech and threats made online.

Tuesday, Milton Area School District had a shooting threat forcing students to learn remotely on Wednesday. The threat turned out to be false, but parents were glad the schools stepped in.

“They have to take the kids’ safety first and foremost before anything else and I think they made the right choice,” parent Kenneth Wolf said.

Another parent, who asked to stay anonymous, has two teens that attend Milton High School and says these threats are unsettling.

“It doesn’t anger me, it upsets me because it just makes me feel that you know, these boys had nothing better to do and this was their way of getting attention,” the parent said.

Milton schools released an update on Wednesday telling students to return to classrooms on Thursday. The parent goes on to say she’s relieved no one was hurt.

“I’m just glad that this was a joke and that it wasn’t an actual shooter. I don’t think any parent would want that for their children,” the parent said.

According to Safe2Say, 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plans. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police immediately.

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