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Student Arrested for Threatening Spring-Ford Staff

The 16-year old has been charged.

A 16-year-old Spring-Ford Area High School student was arrested at the school on Tuesday, December 18 for allegedly making threats against administrators and teachers. 

According to the Limerick Township Police Department's Facebook page, the department has filed charges of making terroristic threats, along with other related charges.

Both the school district and the police department have stated that no students, teachers or staff were in danger during the incident. 

Police report that the student was taken into custody and committed to the Horsham Clinic for a psychiatric evaluation. 

A district statement said that "disciplinary measures were taken and [t]he matter is now in the hands of the Limerick Township Police Department."

"The safety and well-being of all students is our highest priority, which is why the district handles all threats swiftly and appropriately," the district said.

Trish December 19, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Whether backed by intention, need for attention, or a sick sense of humor, this student needed to understand the seriousness of his actions and get the help and direction he needed. Our young people need to learn rules, boundaries, limitations, consequences and respect. Nice job...SFSD and LTPD!!
akaizzy1 December 19, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Your last statement is right on target. "Our young people need to learn rules, boundaries, limitations, consequences and RESPECT"!. Not enough parents take a role in teaching these important things. Too often the parents turn a blind eye and the kids are left to do what they want. People step up and take responsibility for YOUR kids.
Lauren Ryan December 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
As a parent of a child at the school I hope and pray this child is not allowed back into the school system after evaluated. He needs to be placed from this point forward in an alternative schooling for troubled kids.
rich walters December 20, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I kind of disagree putting him in an alternative school around other troubled kids can be counterproductive ....if he is deemed to dangerous than i agree ...it is possible that this is an isolated incident and the arrest and subsequent psychiatric evaluation may wake him up.....
Steven Reinhart December 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
One of the most aggrivating issues these days is the WITHHOLDING OF INFORMATION. How could anyone formulate an educated opinion on this kids behavior without knowing exactly what he said or did!?! Terrorist threats? What did he say? This use of "terrorist threats" has taken on a life of it's own. Let's start with resopnsible adults telling the facts and the truth. Steve Reinhart
Trish December 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
If professionals in charge at the District and professionals at Horsham Clinic determined that his threats were either "terroristic" or inappropriate, that is good enough for me! The sad reality is that too many adults make excuses for the inappropriate behaviors of children, theirs or someone else's, rather than following through with consequences for poor choices in words and actions. For example, if a child, teenager, or adult threatens to "blow up" people, places, or things, it is safer to take the treat seriously, rather than to ignore it. Too often we seem to find out, in retrospect after these horrific events, that threats were made and that, in fact, the individual DID mean it! We seem to be living in an "entitlement" world, in which lack of respect runs rampant...both in children and adults. If lessons aren't being taught in the home, children still need to learn that choices have consequences! If nothing else, this particular student needs to learn that threatening any adult is disrespectful...especially in light of recent events. NOTHING beats "tough love."
Alyson D'Alessandro (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I'm interested to hear what our readers think about "zero tolerance" policies. In light of tragedies like Sandy Hook and Columbine, is zero tolerance the best policy? Should zero tolerance apply to all potentially threatening behavior? There have been stories of kids being suspended from school for honestly nonthreatening mistakes, like bringing a plastic butter knife in their lunch bag and getting punished because the policy says "nothing resembling a knife". Should those kids be punished the same way as a student who makes a specific threat of harm? I realize this grossly oversimplifies the subject, but tell me what you think.
Marion December 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The disrespect by Spring Ford high school students can be seen everyday in front of the 7-11. They have no regard for anyone. I have sat in traffic (as I work down the road from the high school) and watched them block the driveway of the doctors office when elderly people are trying to get in and out of the driveway. They smoke and curse and throw trash everywhere. Obviously there are no manners and there is no respect for others taught at home.
Brittany December 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
"The disrespect by Spring Ford high school students can be seen everyday in front of the 7-11. They have no regard for anyone."-Marion As a student at Spring-Ford, I would like to say maybe you should not assume ALL of the student body is like that.The class of 2013 has many successful students who are going to attend some of the highest ranked universities in the country. One student is the only person in the world mind you to receive a perfect score on the AP psychology exam. Just because you see SOME of the student body it does not make up the rest of the thousand students in this school.There are many students who are nothing like the students you see every morning. Next time try not to judge a school by 1/100 of their student body.
Stephen Eickhoff December 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I'm stunned. We don't even need to discuss the idea of a plastic butter knife being deemed a weapon any more than a plastic spoon or everyday school items like pens. The very idea that we should be pedantic enough to consider items clearly not intended by the rule is repulsive to me. I'm glad Trish is such a strict parent that she never had to worry about some teacher or administrator with an agenda abusing the rule to ruin her child's education.
Robert Wagner December 21, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Howdy, neighbor. Do you know the kid? Do you know his family? Have you extended a hand or tried to help them in any way? Or is it simply easier to excommunicate all the people who contaminate your little paradise?
Bill Mason December 21, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Too bad school administrators aren't as vigilant about students threatening the lives of other students. When a student is told he will be killed if he tells anyone about being bullied, I can't believe that peer counselors, teachers and others could totally miss something like that taking place on a daily basis right under their noses.
Stephen Eickhoff December 21, 2012 at 04:30 AM
No one understands a rule that could be interpreted to include blunt plastic utensils as dangerous weapons. Why, just possessing a PICTURE of a weapon could get you suspended. Silly, right? Nope. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/2nd-ariz-eighth-grader-suspended-for-drawing-images-of-gun
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