A Conneaut Area Senior High School student is in custody after allegedly making threats in school and on social media Thursday.

The student was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville following the discovery of a threat made on social media, according to Superintendent Jarrin Sperry.

Kurt Sitler, the resource officer at CASH, said school officials were first made aware of the student's alleged threats at the end of the school day on Thursday. Other students reported that verbal threats were made by the student during lunch period that day.

Sitler said Linesville Police Department was informed about the verbal threats. The online threats were discovered later, according to Sitler, at which point state police was contacted.

Sitler did not comment on the nature of the threats because issue is under investigation. Linesville Police Department Chief Robert Johnston confirmed his officers had involvement in the case and that the student was in custody, but he did not give further details.

A call to the state police trooper involved in the case was not returned to the Tribune on Friday. Sperry confirmed that the student involved is a juvenile. No other details about the student were released by either school officials or members of law enforcement contacted by the Tribune.

Notification from the district regarding the incident was sent out to parents Friday morning via phone call, and class was held as usual during the day. Sperry said there did not appear to be any evidence he was aware of that the student intended to follow through on the threat.

"It appears he just posted a threat, to our knowledge," he said. "We haven't heard it was credible."

Sperry said some state police troopers were present at the school as a security measure Friday, as was Sitler. While unable to provide an exact number, Sperry noted that there were "quite a few absences" on Friday because of the threat, all of which were excused.

In the social media post, the student supposedly warned others not to go to school on Friday, Sperry said.

According to Sitler, it appears the student who allegedly made the threat was acting alone, and it is not believed anyone else is involved.

Michelle Sorsby, an Espyville resident whose son attends CASH, contacted the Tribune to criticize how school officials handled the situation. Sorsby expressed displeasure that parents were not contacted until the next morning and said she was speaking on behalf of several friends whose kids attend the school and felt similarly.

"When there is a risk, we as parents have a right to know," she said.

Sean P. Ray can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at sray@meadvilletribune.com.

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