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DA: Parkland district, officers handling alleged threats

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It wasn't an immediate threat, but a threat for an action that was going to take place in the future.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin says the two students were allegedly talking about doing something before the Christmas break.

Martin says the alleged threat was taken to a Parkland resource officer last Monday.

"The resource officer is at the school every day and he has a pretty good understanding of what's occurring and students will go to him. When they perceive a problem got to him, it ultimately got to him first and then he contacted our detectives and we took it from there," said John Christman. 

South Whitehall Police Chief John Christman says the DA's office and the FBI investigated the alleged threat and the two teens were arrested Wednesday.

But rumors about why they were arrested and what they were planning have been swirling around Parkland's campus for days, which prompted a robocall from Parkland's principal and a statement from the superintendent.

"I can understand people's concerns. They should be reassured that if there was any risk or threat we would take immediate appropriate action," Martin said. 

The two students are being held at the juvenile detention facility and are scheduled for a hearing before a judge Dec. 14.


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