An 18-year old student allegedly threatened to shoot up a local high school.
He had thought of the Florida school shooting and told another person that he would have no remorse about "shooting up the school," according to a redacted criminal complaint.
State police at Rockview responded to Bald Eagle Area high school at 10 a.m. Friday when they were made aware of alleged threats by Derek Landone Henry, of Julian, to shoot up the school, kill families and burn down houses.
BEA Superintendent Jeff Miles commended students spoke up about the alleged threats, and principal Jack Tobias and safety coordinator John Peters talked to Henry before contacting police. Miles said school administrators initially thought one threat against another student had been made Thursday night, but contacted state police when they learned there were multiple alleged threats.
"We've got great kids and adults who care and listen," Miles said. "It's one of those things that worked out."
State police met Henry, read him the Miranda Rights and informed him that he was not obligated to speak. Henry told police he has a short temper, sometimes to the point of losing his control and making drastic comments. He allegedly admitted to discussing shooting up the school, but denied allegations of wanting to kill families.
State troopers said in a criminal complaint that their investigation revealed Henry has had a recent change in behavior, which has been "more arrogant and aggressive."
Henry was charged with felony terroristic threats and two counts of misdemeanor terroristic threats. He was unable to post $750,000 bail set by District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker.