2012-12-26 / Local & State

Pa. Man Made Text Threat About Schools

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Police say a northeastern Pennsylvania man sent a text message that referred to blowing up two high schools.

The Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre reports 41- year-old Luzerne resident William Hoffman was arraigned Friday on charges of threat to use weapons of mass destruction and terroristic threats. He's held on $1 million bail.

Authorities say a man called police after getting a text on his phone Thursday that referred to shooting people and blowing up two high schools; the message allegedly then said the sender had changed his mind so the recipient better go to school Friday. The recipient told police he received a second text saying it was a “bad joke to the wrong number.”

Police say Hoffman intended to send the message to his girlfriend's daughter.

It wasn't immediately clear if Hoffman had an attorney.

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