• Butler County woman charged in school gun threat hoax


    BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - State police have charged a Butler County woman with falsely claiming that her son's father was headed to the boy's elementary school with a gun.

    According to police, Ashley Soose, 27, of Karns City, called in the threat Wednesday afternoon to Chicora Elementary School.

    Police said Soose said, “I’m barricaded in my house, and he is going to come and take my son.”

    Superintendent of the Karns City School District, Eric Ritzert, said the school immediately notified police and initiated a lockdown.

    Authorities said the man arrived on school grounds, and police immediately apprehended him before he made it to the building.

    Officers took the man into custody only to find out he didn't have a weapon, and he hasn't been charged.

    But police said Soose is charged with making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

    Troopers said they believe Soose knew her husband did not have a gun and ramped up the story because the two were fighting.

    Parents of students at Chicora Elementary said they think the school handled the situation properly.

    “The school did the right thing. I’m glad no one was hurt,” Melanie McGuire said. “They called and said there was a threat at the school and they apprehended the man. It said we could come and get our children.”

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