2 teens charged with posting online threats against 2 Delaware County schools

Mike DeNardo
February 24, 2020 - 6:03 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police in Yeadon have charged two 13-year-old girls with posting online threats against two schools in Delaware County.

The teens — one from Yeadon, the other from Darby — were arrested after making threats on Instagram that a mass shooting was planned for last Friday at Penn Wood High School and the Penn Wood Ninth Grade Academy.

Yeadon police chief Anthony Paparo says the posts came Thursday night from accounts with variations of the names "Penn Wood Shooter." Paparo says he messaged the accounts and one responded.

"They were basically taunting me on the one end, because I'm not sure they initially thought I was a police officer until I basically told them that I was the police chief. At that point, they told me that if I came to their home that they would shoot me too," Paparo said. 

Paparo says tips led police to the home of the girl in Yeadon.

"We went there. We knocked at the door and when the person opened the door I said, 'Hello. Guess who I am.'  And the person basically admitted it at the front door," he said. 

Police then were led to Darby where the second girl was arrested. Paparo advised parents to monitor their childrens' activity online and on their phones.

"I was talking to a 13-year-old girl who I thought was an adult or at least a high school age kid at 11:30 at night, where she was threatening to shoot me on their posts. So, know what your kids are doing," Paparo added. 

School was held without incident on Friday.