Teen arrested after Lancaster Co. school bombing, shooting threats

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday for making threats to several schools in Lancaster County.

“It’s a relief,” Lampeter-Strasburg High School parent Sallie Rhineer said. “It’s a total relief. It’s been a time where it’s just very unsettling. You have to make decisions. Do you send your children do you keep them home? You feel for the staff – they’ve got to show.”

The teen admitted responsibility for threats to Lampeter-Strasburg High School, Conestoga Valley High School, Smoketown Elementary School, and McCaskey High School between Sept. 10-15, according to a news release from District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office.

“Disturbing is really an understatement,” Stedman told abc 27. “The graphic description – disturbing does not capture it. It’s absolutely terrifying.”

The teen is charged as a juvenile with making terroristic threats, causing false alarm, and making threats to use weapons of mass destruction.

Authorities said the bomb and active shooter threats involved claims to harm children and police officers. The threats were made through a tip line for the county’s 911 center.

Stedman says he’s happy schools no longer have to go through evacuations and searches.

“And you know the fear out there,” Stedman added. “We have enough to worry about in our country these days and in the world and things like this make it worse.”

Police believe the teen acted alone, and they don’t think he had the means to carry out his threats.

He is not charged in recent threats to the Donegal, Ephrata, and Cocalico school districts. Police have made arrested others for those incidents.

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