In a stunning revelation, Newtown Township Police have identified the anonymous source of a tip about a potential threat to Bucks County Community College, leading to the shutdown of the Newtown campus on Wednesday, September 26th.
Bucks County Community College student Sarah Elizabeth Squitieri was charged this past Thursday with Threats To Use Weapons of Mass Destruction, a felony in the third degree.
The initial report of a threat, made Tuesday September 27th, informed Newtown Police a man named Karl had texted a group chat and was planning to use firearms and explosives to launch an attack on the campus. Authorities, including the FBI, immediately began an investigation to identify the source of the threat and the decision was made to close the campus the next day.
Detectives easily traced the anonymous tip back to Squitieri and conducted an interview. In the conversation, Squitieri provided contradictory information. Further review of telephone records, video recordings, and additional interviews led police to the conclusion the student had made a false report.
BCCC President Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt released a statement shortly after it was found a student had made the threats, but before it was made public the threats were made up.
“This news is particularly difficult, as we care about the well being of each person in our Bucks community,” Shanblatt said. “As a result, this student has been suspended and is not allowed on campus.
The motive for the false report is unclear, but Squitieri’s reasons for her actions have not changed the charges she faces.
Squitieri is being held in Bucks County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. If she were to come up with the money, she would also have to agree to house arrest with ankle bracelet, a restraining order from the campus, have no contact with the school in any way, and not own any firearms.