updated 9/27/2007 3:02:49 PM ET 2007-09-27T19:02:49

Five high school students in Canton, Pennsylvania, have been arrested after allegedly threatening violence against their school district.

School officials closed the district's junior-senior high school and elementary school early on Tuesday, the day the first two were arrested. Classes were canceled for the rest of the week.

The 15- and 16-year-old students are charged with making terroristic threats and creating a risk of catastrophe. The police chief says the suspects call themselves the "Drive-By Kings."

The district's superintendent says students tipped off administrators about the threats last week. State police found no weapons during a sweep of the building.

The school board has decided to have two armed uniformed police officers on duty when school resumes next week. It also approved a new parent notification system.

A proposal to look at buying metal detectors was tabled.

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