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Student, 13, faces charges in threats at Towamensing, Franklin

Published April 10. 2014 09:25AM

A student in the Palmerton Area School District is responsible for various social media threats made to students in the Palmerton and Lehighton area school districts.

According to a report filed by trooper Jason Campbell from State police at Lehighton barracks, the suspect, a 13-year-old male from Palmerton, utilized social media sites Oovoo and Instagram to threaten and harass students at both Towamensing Elementary School, as well as Franklin Elementary School.

Towamensing Elementary falls within the Palmerton Area School District, while Franklin Elementary falls within the Lehighton Area School District.

The terroristic threats occurred between March 23 through April 9 at various residences within Lower Towamensing Township and Franklin Township. Male and femals students at both schools were his targets.

The suspect repeatedly threatened to do bodily harm to the victim's utilizing the aforementioned sites, and utilized various screen names and multiple email accounts to continue the ongoing harassment of the victims.

On April 4, court orders were obtained to obtain the IP address that was being utilized by thet suspect from Oovoo and Facebook.

On April 7, Campbell interviewed the suspect, and subsequently obtained a confession in regards to this investigation.

Charges of terroristic threats and harassment by communication are pending the approval of the Carbon County District Attorney's office.

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