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9-year-old culprit in school shooting hoax

September 3, 2014

Photo by Amy Cherry – SMPD Chief Todd Caltagarone and Pa. State Police Public Information Office Trooper Bruce Morris speak to the media during a brief press conference following Tuesday's school shooting prank call incident.

Events that sent St. Marys into a panic Tuesday afternoon with reports of a shooting at St. Marys Area High School were the actions of a nine-year-old juvenile, whose age prohibits criminal prosecution, according to police who are unable to release any identifying information such as name, gender and school.
As a result of a joint investigation between the St. Marys City Police and Pennsylvania State Police, it was discovered that the juvenile placed the 911 calls from a cell phone while he/she was riding on a school bus on their way home.

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