Threat disrupts A-C Valley schools

FOXBURG A 15-year-old male student at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School faces charges after he allegedly directed an unspecified threat at the school.

State police Tpr. Ryan Wilson reports the suspect, from Emlenton, allegedly sent a message via Snapchat to his friends.

The image was discovered Nov. 18 and was forwarded to school district administrators.

The suspect was identified by one of the administrators.

An investigation was conducted and identified the individual who sent the message.

Wilson reports an juvenile allegation was filed.

The start of school was delayed by two hours Tuesday morning.

A-C Valley School District Superintendent David McDeavitt addressed the incident on the district's Facebook page on Nov. 19.

McDeavitt wrote:

"This message is a follow-up to the threat that the school district received yesterday. Since this investigation is ongoing and the fact that all our students" rights are protected, the district cannot release specific information about the person who made the threat.

"Although, the threat did come from an A-CV student, the student has been identified and the Clarion state police are involved.

"According to the student handbook, any student who makes a threat is placed on out of school suspension. The administration is following the handbook and is working closely with the state police.

"I have also reached out to attorney general, made a ‘Safe to Say' report, contacted the Clarion County commissioners, the state police and the district attorney to discuss this threat in the hopes of eliminating future issues."