Upper Dauphin High School student expelled for making shooting threat

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Extra police presence is being felt at Upper Dauphin High School  after a student threatened to shoot another student.  State police were able to identify the student and he has been expelled as a precautionary measure.

Troopers were notified on Monday night about a text circulating through the student body regarding a pupil threatening  to shoot another student. Investigators say the teen had been the target of bullying at the school during lunch on Friday. The student who is accused of making the threat approached another juvenile who he thought was talking about him and tried to start a fight. During the altercation the student said “I’m going to CLAP you.” State police say “clap” is a term that is used to define shooting someone or something.   Teachers intervened and stopped the fight.

School officials turned to state police to take necessary precautions after rumors began to swirl on Facebook and other social media  over the weekend.

State police are not identifying the student because he is a juvenile.

The District Attorney’s office is being consulted as to whether or not charges will be filed.


  • H.D.

    So now that said child is expelled, What help can they offer this child to make sure it don't ever cross their mind again? Just expelling them does not sound like a fix, just means another school or still this school are at risk.

    • ayperi

      Agreed! And the kid is being bullied! The bullies should be ratted out and expelled as well! Besides, did the kid really make the threat, or did the bullies start the rumor and texting? I wouldn't put it past childish high school behavior!

  • Heather

    Another case of a student being bullied and I am assuming from my experience with a local high school that the school did nothing to help this kid so he felt he had to take matters into his own hands. Schools need to take bullying seriously and stop trivializing it as "kids will be kids" . Im not saying bringing a gun to school is the right thing to do and I am not making excuses however, this kid may have felt he had no other choice in order to make the bullying stop .

  • ytsimratsos

    Just brought my son home from this school because of this. Just because they kick him out of the school doesn't mean he can't get to the school. This is a little town school where everyone knows everyone one so it will not be long before the bullies are known as well. Nervous about sending him back now. Just because it didn't happen today whats to say it won't happen when he gets back?

  • Guest

    Kids have been bullied since the beginning of time. Life is tough, get a helmet, and look past the short sightedness – you won't be in high school forever. Grow up.

      • Guest

        You're right, let's pity the poor kid threatening to shoot his fellow classmates because they bullied him. Kids are so coddled and pampered these days it's ridiculous. I don't care that bullying is "different" because of social media – delete your facebook account! Get off twitter! Read a book instead of playing on the internet! It's not difficult to do. My point is everyone gets bullied, yes everyone, at one point or another. This kid needs to grow up and understand that shooting anyone who has ever been mean to him is not the solution. Use the bullies as motivation to be the best person you can be. The lesson to be learned is that success is the best form of revenge, not violence, and that lesson is for the parents to teach. This kid needs to realize high school is only 4 years of his life and get over it. I doubt anyone would pity him if he showed up at school with a firearm and let loose, so don't pity him now just because he has been "bullied" like every other kid that went to high school in America.

        • Guest

          I don't know what decade you went to school, but you should probably understand that bullying has become a lot harsher. With the internet, even if someone does turn a blind eye it is still there. It doesn't go away. How about a couple years ago when a student from a neighboring school killed herself due to the extreme bullying she received. Many of these kids have a rough home life and then to come to school and get bullied is ridiculous. Also, when was it that you met a high school student who didn't think high school was the center of the universe and it was the "actual world." You spend 720 days with these people. All of which think they are the center of the world. No, I do not think that it is right he threatened to "shoot" them, but it would be a different story if this kid was tortured to the point of killing himself. Get a grip. The rub dirt on it method doesn't always work.

  • B.Eure

    Kids don't shoot because they are bullied, they shoot because media exposure has led them to believe that shooting is an acceptable response to bullying. It is not. I was bullied terribly 40 years ago, and it never occurred to me to shoot anyone. We have to stop publicizing and glorifying these events

    • H.S.

      I agree that the media does glorify such events however, being bullied today is different than that of 40 years ago. The internet and social media have been used to aid bullies in their need to taunt and ridicule people. It is a different time and this is becoming an epidemic in America that we can not and should not ignore or pass off as toughen up high school doesn't last forever type attitude.

  • Danni

    I agree the media is giving these CHILDREN the idea to shoot because bullying has been arounds for over 100 years and no one thought to shoot anyone. They also need to find out whom is bullying and they should be atleast suspended. You need to fix the problem not create even more

  • concerned parent

    Really UDA you need to get with it. Why did it take till Monday night for the PSP to be notified when students talked to the High School principal during lunch periods Monday. He told students that the said student is not going to be in school today so they have nothing to worry about. So I guess kids & parents shouldn't worry cause the principal says "No need to worry" really what a total joke u are.

  • Guest2

    Reality check says you don't need to be inside a school building to be shot, so expelling the kid who made the threat does nothing. And just like "ayperi" said, who can be sure this isn't just more bullying. Oh, and to "guest": memories don't end the minute you leave high school, but do pop into your mind at varying times for the rest of your life.

  • guest

    If you go to ABC27's story you will read comments from students at the school clarifying that this was not the victim of a bully rather a bully himself. Perhaps we all need to step back and let the facts unfold but yes, this craziness needs to be addressed.

  • class97

    I agree let the facts come to light BEFORE commenting on the small part the media has right now.
    It would be nice however to have gotten some info from UDASD… more than the vague message I got on my way to work saying the police would be at my kids school today. Really had me wanting to know what was happening and if they should have gone to school…….

  • udaparent

    What's the suprise with UDA not responding to a threat ? A teacher / coach was fired about 5 years ago because he was sending sexually explicit messages to students ? He was also sending those messages to young women who had graduated and were in college. 3 years ago, a middle school teacher was allowed to resign ( REALLY, RESIGN !!! ) because he was caught in the shower with 8th grade boys ( 12 and 13 year old boys ) . The principal allowed this sicko to resign instead of contacting police . But do not worry ! That principal has now moved on to another school in the local area .She was sure to protect her resume !!!!

  • concernedudaparent

    there is more to this story than what is being told and it is leading alot of people to think that the child is infact a victim.. the child may be a victim of bullying at this school but what about the other schools that he had to leave seeing how there were several i think there is more than bullying going on with the child and they need some real phsychological help that is a little deeper.

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