Pittsburgh PD to be honored for thwarting potential attack on school
“It’s a testament to the great work our law enforcement partners have done in thwarting what was obviously, to me and to us, a direct threat to the students of University Prep,” Chief Larry Scirotto said
By Joanna Putman
PITTSBURGH — The Uvalde Foundation for Kids announced it will honor the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for its work in recovering high-caliber weapons from a suspect who brought a gun into a school, KDKA reported.
During a Nov. 20 incident, police responded to reports of someone carrying a firearm onto University Preparatory School’s campus, according to the report. The school was locked down and the suspect was not found.
Teachers from the school reported that the suspect had made threats and posted photos of weapons on social media. Using the social media post, detectives were able to quickly locate and arrest two people suspected of being involved in the incident.
One 18-year-old suspect was named Jackiel Young, according to the report. KDKA did not name the other suspect, who is 17 years old. Police found the weapons in the possession of the 17-year-old suspect and found the threatening social media posts on his computer.
“It’s a testament to the great work our law enforcement partners have done in thwarting what was obvious to me and to us a direct threat to the students of University Prep, and through that, we were able to mitigate serious harm and damage in our community,” Police Chief Larry Scirotto said.
The Uvalde Foundation for Kids announced on Dec. 4 that it will honor the department with a national award for dedication to youth and student safety.