AVOCA -- A 41-year-old grandfather from Duryea is locked up in jail after an attempt to defend his granddaughter may have gone too far.
Christopher McCauley reportedly jumped on his granddaughter's school bus when it was dropping her off Tuesday afternoon.
Then, he allegedly threatened to shoot the bus driver and kids on the bus for allegedly bullying his granddaughter.
Because a threat was made, the Pittston Area School District made sure a resource officer and police officer were at the bus stop on Main Street in Avoca for each student picked up and dropped off even after the grandfather was arrested.
"You have to take every single threat, as minor as you may perceive it to be, to be a serious threat," said Pittston Area School District Superintendent Kevin Booth.
In light of recent school shootings like the one in South Carolina, not only do police take every threat seriously but parents say they do too.
"It could happen anywhere at anytime. With the way things are happening nowadays you never know," said Jim O'Conner with a 5th grader who goes to the district middle school.
McCauley is locked in the Luzerne County jail, unable to post his $10,000 bail.
He's charged with making terroristic threats, harassment, and going on a school bus without authorization.