A 13-year-old girl from Monroe County has been referred to Bucks County juvenile authorities on charges of making false reports and disorderly conduct for allegedly making a false report about a threat of a school shooting earlier this month, Quakertown Borough Police said Tuesday.
In a post on the department’s Crimewatch site, police said the girl allegedly contacted the Quakertown Community School District’s Safe2Say anonymous tip line on the evening of March 1 and said, “Joey was going to shoot up the Sixth Grade Center for Monday, March 4, 2019.”
The Quakertown Borough Police Department in conjunction with Quakertown Community School District were then notified of the threat and began investigating it, ultimately determining it to be a hoax.
“Students at the Sixth Grade Center were questioned and interviewed over the weekend to ascertain the validity of the threat,” police said. “Detectives secured a search warrant to the Safe2Say tip line to determine where the tip originated from. As a result…it was determined to be from a 13-year-old female in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.”
Police said the girl turned herself in to the Quakertown Borough Police Department on Friday, March 8.
“The safety of our schools and the community is top priority,” police said. “The Quakertown Borough Police Department worked hours during the weekend determining the source of the threat. The Quakertown Community School District and Quakertown Police Department has zero tolerance for threats to our schools.”