Delco 5th-grader’s prank 911 call results in school lockdown

    A phone call to police last week claiming there was a shooting at the Chichester Middle School seems to have been a prank call by a fifth-grader. The boy’s name was not released because of his age, but the call was placed around 9:15 a.m. on June 13. The caller said someone had been shot at the school.

    The Delco Times reports that police responded immediately and all district schools were put on lockdown and the district kept parents updated through Facebook.

    The young suspect was quickly discovered and allegedly confessed to the call. A juvenile petition against the boy charges him with reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, false alarms to agencies of public safety and false reporting to law enforcement.

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