Police Break Up 'Credible Threat' to Bucks Co. High School - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Police Break Up 'Credible Threat' to Bucks Co. High School

Posted: Updated:
NORTHAMPTON TWP., Pa. -

"It was a credible threat."

Those are the words no one at Council Rock South High School wanted to hear. But when a 14-year-old student started making verbal threats and police found two handguns and a replica AK-47 at his home, authorities moved quickly to stop that threat in its tracks.

"He was going to bring a gun and knives into the school building Friday morning and randomly kill students and staff," said Northampton Police Chief Barry Pilla.

Police arrested the high school freshman and his mother at their Cypress Avenue home in Richboro after finding two 9mm handguns and a very real looking, replica AK-47 in his room.

The handguns were fully functional but unloaded.

As for the fake AK-47, Pilla said, "If he confronted law enforcement officers with that replica, I believe they would shoot him."

The threat and the discovery of the guns, along with knives, machetes and swords at the teens' house, caused police to search the school after district officials canceled classes for the day.

"Nothing of evidentiary value was discovered in the school," Pilla explained.

School Superintendent Mark Klein said, "We will always be concerned about the evil that permeates the community and the things we need to worry about."

The boy's mother, Lizabeth Donohoe, was arrested at the home for possession of weapons and marijuana along with endangering the welfare of a child.

The teen's father, Mario Russo Jr. was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice.

"Unbelievable. It's unbelievable. I live right around the corner," said neighbor Michelle Chech.

Rick Houser, the father of four students, said of his emotions, "I'm shocked, I'm concerned, I'm scared, I'm nervous -- a lot of emotions going on -- angry."

"We very well may have dodged a really large bullet," Pilla said.

The teen and his mother remain behind bars on a variety of charges. His father was released

The tip that led police to the teenage suspect came from a fellow student who told his mother, and she went to police with the student.

Now, authorities are calling that brave student "a hero."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
  • September Sizzle

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:49 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

    Wednesday (90/74): Sun/Clouds

     

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices