Student charged after posting picture with AR-15, advising students not to go to school

NEW SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A student is facing criminal charges after he allegedly posted a shooting threat directed at the Freedom Area School District.

According to police, the 10th-grader posted a picture of himself online holding an AR-15 with a statement advising other students not to show up at school.

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School administrators found the student who posted the picture and determined he did not have any weapons on him. A search warrant was issued at his home for the gun and the phone used to post the photo.

Police said the gun belonged to the boy's uncle, and during their search, they also found a small rifle.

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The student is not being identified because he is being charged as a juvenile.

Other students saw the post and reported it to administrators.

A notice was sent home to parents.

Police will have an increased presence at the Freedom Area School District for the next few weeks, officials said.