The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 9, 2013

Shikellamy student threatened shootings after fight

Mom called cops after girl’s foe, assistant principal imperiled

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A Shikellamy High student sent home after an Oct. 28 fight looked for a gun to use to shoot her opponent and the assistant principal who halted the battle, sources close to the investigation said Saturday.

First-year Assistant Principal Brandy Wiest was hit and pushed when trying to end the skirmish between two students, said sources who are in position to know about the incident.

After the fight, Wiest called the student’s parents, who arrived and brought the girl home.

At home, the girl looked for a gun and threatened to return to the school and shoot the other student and Wiest, sources said.

The girl’s mother called Sunbury police, who arrived at the home and took the girl into custody. The student was turned over to Northumberland County authorities, police said, and will face unspecified charges.

Two weeks ago, Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said that calls to the high school were up an extreme amount since last year.

While Mazzeo would not comment on the Oct. 28 incident because the pupil is a minor, he said police calls to Shikellamy rose more than 100 percent between Aug. 1 and Oct. 28 compared with the same period in 2012.

There were 21 calls in that period in 2012 compared with more than 50 this fall.

The high school has seen several changes over the past few years, including the retirement of former Principal Terry Roden in 2011 and former Principal Mike Hubicki in 2012.

The high school recently hired Ernie Jackson, a former principal of St. Michael School, in Netcong, N.J. and a retired Army lieutenant, and Wiest, a former supervisor of special education and student services for the Upper Dauphin Area School District.

Shikellamy officials did not comment on the incident, but Superintendent Pat Kelley said he was aware of the charges.