STAFFORD TOWNSHIP — Seven students at the Stafford Township Intermediate School were arrested and charged Wednesday after allegedly threatening to “shoot up the school” and “become active shooters,” authorities said.
Township police charged the students, all boys, with making terroristic threats after two separate incidents, police said in a news release.
Both incidents involved the students making threats about shooting at the school and being active shooters, police said.
The Intermediate School has more than 600 students in fifth and sixth grades.
In one incident, school officials were notified of a threat through an in-district electronic notification system when students were being dismissed from the school. The student who allegedly made the threats in that incident was re-moved from a school bus.
The other incident involved six students, Chief Tom Dellane said. Authorities did not elaborate on details.
The seven students charged — four 11-year-olds and three 12-year-olds — are all Stafford Township residents.
Dellane said the department and schools want to remind parents and students of the seriousness of making threats and that every report will be investigated and prosecuted.
“We have zero tolerance for it, and we take every threat seriously,” Dellane said.
The Police Department and Stafford schools encourage students to follow the “see something, hear something, say something” advice and will educate students about the consequences of making threats, according to the news release.
Patrolman Joseph Mrazek was assisted by Patrolman Christopher Fritz on this investigation.
School officials were not immediately available for comment on the incidents.