Teen faces felony charges

13-year old allegedly admitted to spreading school shooting threat over Snapchat

Charges were announced Friday for an Altoona Area seventh-grader who admitted to spreading a school shooting threat over Snapchat on Feb. 24.

The 13-year-old was charged with two felony counts of terroristic threats and misdemeanor charges of harassment and disorderly conduct, Logan Township police said Friday.

The Altoona Area Junior High student allegedly admitted Monday to creating the Snapchat post, whereas in prior police interviews he said he reposted it from another source, police said.

The student sent the Snapchat to attract his peers to a separate party that was to be held at the same time as a March 16 dance at the junior high. The dance has since been canceled.

Altoona Area School District Police Services Director Bill Pfeffer informed parents at a Thursday “See something, say something” session that the student will be charged.

“What happens to him will be up to the court of law,” Pfeffer said.

All the charges were filed through the Blair County Juvenile Probation Office.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.