A 15-year-old teenager from Montreal was charged with making threats on social media to a high school in Pennsylvania that prompted the FBI to launch an investigation that closed down the regional high school.
According to a statement by the Upper Merion Township Police Department of Pennsylvania, on January 17, the Upper Merion Area School District was notified of a “threatening tweet that was sent to the Twitter account of Upper Merion Area School Superintendent, Dr. John Toleno.”
The tweet threatened that “an individual was coming to school with a gun to harm students.”
An immediate investigation ensued with the assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the suspect was identified in Montreal.
In coordination with the FBI Legal Attaché Office in Ottawa and the SPVM, according to the statement, the suspect was located soon after and taken into custody for “criminal violations of Canadian law.”
The Upper Merion Township Police Department continues that they are unaware “if this individual has any connection to the Upper Merion Area School District” or “why he made the threat.”
The teenage boy, whose name cannot be published due to his age, is scheduled to appear in court in March.