Erie police, along with the FBI, now have answers as to who posted two threats on social media targeting three Erie schools.
City of Erie police Chief Dan Spizarny says, “It led to an individual that we brought to the station, a 15-year-old came in with his mother. They interviewed him and he admitted he in fact created the fake account and had written that.”
Administration at R. Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School cancelled school for Monday and Tuesday.
Even though Erie Rise Leadership Academy wasn’t targeted, Terry Lang, CEO of Erie Rise Academy, tells us they are taking precautionary measures calling in police to check all classrooms and buses.
The Erie School District releasing a statement saying: “We are thankful to law enforcement for the thorough investigation of these threats sand the timely arrests of the person responsible.. Schools are not in session on Tuesday, November 5th due to Election Day. All district schools will be in session as planned on Wednesday, November 6th. “
Erie police say the suspect told them he didn’t intend on causing any harm.
“There’s two felony counts of terroristic threats and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. They’re filed as a juvenile allegation, he’s only 15. It’ll be handled through the juvenile court,” Spizarny added.
Erie schools say they’ll be taking extra precautions for the safety of its students.
Allison Reynolds, CEO of R. Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School says, “In the upcoming days, Wednesday, and through the end of next week, we do plan on having heightened security around the perimeter of both of our schools, this location and our middle school. We’re also going to have security in the lobbies.”
Amy Reynolds, CEO of R. Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School, says the administration plans on pressing charges on the individual.
R. Benjamin Wiley and Erie Rise Leadership Academy will remain closed Tuesday following the threatening social media post.