Boys Allegedly Claim They Planned To Take Hostages At Utica Elementary

Boys Allegedly Claim They Planned To Take Hostages At Utica Elementary (Image 1)

Two 12-year-old boys have been arrested after allegedly threatening to harm students and staff at Utica Elementary 

The threat reportedly happened Friday after school, and the two were arrested and charged late that evening.

We are not naming the two boys because of their age.

Police said the sixth-graders claimed they were going to take students hostage and take over the office.

Police Chief Cliff Bigler says another student heard the talk during lunch and told elementary principal Randy Nielsen.

“They said they were planning on using possible knives. There were rumors of guns, but no guns were reported,” Bigler said.

The boys’ desks, backpacks and homes were searched, but no weapons were found. Police were not called until school was out.

“We did not take this as an idol threat and acted aggressively,” Bigler said. 

The two boys were arrested late Friday night, but parents say they weren’t told until a letter came home on Monday afternoon.

Bigler says one of the two drew police a “map” of their plan to take over  the school, office and cafeteria. 

The boys have been charged with aggravated menacing. The prosecutor is also looking at conspiracy charges.

Both are being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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