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Pleasant Valley boy charged with shooting threats at middle school

A 12-year-old boy was charged on Monday and committed to a juvenile detention center on Northampton County after police investigated a report they received Friday of a possible school shooting directed towards multiple school administrators at the Pleasant Valley Middle School, 2233 Route 115, Brodheadsville.

State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said the boy was charged with causing or risking a catastrophe, threat to use weapons of mass destruction, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, and was transported to the detention center by personnel from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said they were called to the school at approximately 11 a.m. Friday after a report was made to “Safe to Say.”

The PSP criminal investigation unit began investigating the verbal threats report. Police said through the investigation, and with the assistance of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, multiple interviews were conducted, cellular devices were seized and the 12-year-old was identified as a suspect in the case.

Police filed the formal charges yesterday.

Meanwhile, they said they want parents/guardians and neighboring community members to know these threats are taken extremely seriously, and although an arrest was made, a large police presence may be visible at the school over the next few days.