HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two boys, ages 13 and 14, are in police custody for a threat that led to an increased police presence at Central Dauphin East High School Thursday morning.
According to Lower Paxton Township police, a woman reported to them that her grandson saw an Instagram post that threatened a shooting at CD East. The post showed a picture of a teen boy holding what appeared to be a handgun. Police said messages on the post indicated there would be a shooting at the school, but did not specify a time.
After an investigation, police discovered the picture was taken from an earlier YouTube post which had nothing to do with the threat of violence. Police tracked the Instagram account to a person in Florida. Police determined that person no longer controlled the account and made no threats of violence against CD East.
Because investigators deemed the threat was not credible, the Central Dauphin School District decided to not cancel classes. However, police patrols around the school were increased as a precaution.
Dozens of parents, saying they did not want to take any chances, opted to take their children out of school early.
Police later identified two Central Dauphin School District 9th graders as the persons responsible for the threat. Police said the district attorney’s office will charge them with multiple crimes.
Police said they would not release more information about the suspects because of their ages.