Hempfield High student facing charges after allegedly issuing threat |

Hempfield High student facing charges after allegedly issuing threat

Megan Tomasic
In blurred motion, students and their parents walk by lockers in the new Pioneer Middle School in Brookline, Tuesday, July 31st, 2001. KJH-PSCHOOL1-01

A Hempfield Area High School student is facing charges after allegedly using social media to threaten students at the school, a letter from Principal Kathleen Charlton said.

According to the letter, the student sent a message Thursday to friends that threatened the safety of students and staff. Those who received the message immediately informed officials of the threat, she said.

Pennsylvania State Police were contacted and found the student had no intent of acting on the communicated threat. Charges are being filed so the student’s actions can be addressed.

The district is also taking disciplinary against the student to address the safety at the school.

“We commend the students who received the message for reporting the information to adults immediately,” Charlton wrote. “The Hempfield Area School District will continue to take all such reports seriously and respond in a manner to provide a safe environment within the school setting.”

Charlton could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday evening.

At this time, state police do not have further information on the incident.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter @MeganTomasic..