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WHITEHALL — State Police are investigating a threat of a school shooting made by an elementary school student in Whitehall this week.

Authorities said a fifth-grader made a comment about "shooting up" Whitehall High School with an automatic weapon. Police said it did not appear the child had plans to undertake a shooting or had ready access to firearms.

Police said the child may face charges in Washington County Family Court or be petitioned to the county Probation Department for supervision.

The school district had automated phone calls made to parents and sent a letter home to parents on Tuesday informing them of the threat and assuring them it was being dealt with.

A Whitehall High School student was charged in April after making a similar type of threat on social media.

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