Upper Darby police arrest teen for allegedly threatening to 'shoot up' high school

Paul Kurtz
September 06, 2018 - 2:39 pm
From left: Upper Darby School Superintendent Daniel Nerelli, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood and Assistant School Superintendent Dan McGarry at a press conference.

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio


UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Upper Darby police have arrested a teenager for allegedly making threats against Upper Darby High School. 

Police quietly opened an investigation in late June after being told that someone posted this message on Instagram: "On September 7 I will shoot up Upper Darby high school." 

The message was soon taken down, but when it popped up again on Wednesday, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said they took the probe into overdrive. 

"We were able to contact Instagram and they gave us the information we needed," he said. "They were very cooperative in giving us the information we needed to identify where the post was being sent from and who was responsible for sending the post."

Chitwood said the person responsible for the threat was a 14-year-old freshman at the school. He was arrested at his home Wednesday night and is currently being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Lima. No weapons were found in his possession. 

School district officials have announced that Upper Darby will be open on Friday with a stepped up police presence.