Delaware County Middle School Student Arrested For Alleged Facebook Threat
By Jericka Duncan
RIDLEY, Pa. (CBS) — A middle school student from Delaware County was taken into custody for alleged threats on Facebook.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office confirms the student, a 12-year-old boy, allegedly posted comments on the social networking site threatening to bring a weapon to school today (Tuesday) and gun down fellow students.
“He started saying he was going to shoot me and my friends,” said 12-year-old Evan Bosak, of Ridley Middle School.
Bosak stayed home from school Tuesday because Monday night, his mother says, Bosak’s name and 14 others appeared on a hit list, on Facebook.
“In this day and age you never know what is real what is fake,” said Stacey Bosak.
Ridley Park police confirm a middle school male student was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the death threats.
The School District Superintendent says a Facebook account was hacked last week and a student used that account to send inappropriate messages to other students.
Lexie McNamara showed Eyewitness News a few of the messages she received.
“He was saying things like sexual assault,” said McNamara.
When her friends found out what happened, they responded in her defense.
That seemed to anger the 12-year-old who was arrested, because he then allegedly threatened to kill students.
By Monday evening, school officials sent parents in the district an automated phone message letting parents know they were aware death threats had been made.
Authorities say the student was taken into custody early Tuesday morning following an investigation led by the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) unit. The boy was charged with terroristic threats, unlawful use of a computer and harassment and is being held at the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center in Middletown.