Sheehan: Criminal Charges Filed Against Teen In Cyber Threat Case
Mar 06, 2015 02:51PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan announced Friday that the teen, whose name has not been released because she is a minor, has been charged with threats causing a disruption of a school, threats to commit a crime, and conspiracy.
Sheehan said the decision to file criminal charges in the case came after consultation with Middlesex District Atty. Marian Ryan..
The incident began Thursday morning when Tewksbury Police were contacted around 9:15 a.m. by the Manchester, NH Police Department and told a female Tewksbury High student had posted to Facebook that she wanted to "get two guns" and "make a suicide pact." The posting had been reported to the Manchester Police by a resident of that city who spotted it online.
According to Sheehan, a Winthrop High student, also a juvenile, responded to the “suicide pact” comment on Facebook by stating, “can we shoot up schools first tho”. The Tewksbury girl allegedly responded by saying “YO lets do it”. The girls did not specify which school they wanted to "shoot up."
"Tewksbury Police Department officers responded swiftly and appropriately in collaboration with the School Resource Officers and the School Department staff to locate the Tewksbury Memorial High School student," said Sheehan.
The student was removed from the school and taken to a local hospital for psychological evaluation and treatment.
Earlier in the day, TPD Lt. Robert Stephens said it had been determined there was a "medical issue" involved in the situation.
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