Sunday, February 25, 2018

North Schuylkill to Resume Classes Monday After Threat Found Not to be Credible

North Schuylkill Officials and Police announced Sunday that a threat made this weekend has been deemed not credible.

On Saturday, School officials learned of an online threat that was made towards the District for Monday.  The threat, which was directed towards the High School, prompted hundreds of calls to the district regarding the post.  Police and Schools officials worked through the weekend on the investigation.

Superintendent Robert Ackell issued a statement Sunday, announcing that the threat made was not credible.

"Yesterday the District was made aware of a social media post warning of an attack at the High School on Monday. The Butler Township Police Department has identified the authors of the post. Through their investigation it has been determined there is not a credible threat associated with the post.

The North Schuylkill School District will operate on normal hours tomorrow with an increase in police presence.

Thank you for your continued support."

The Butler Township Police reported that there is no reason to believe this post is credible.  They also issued an official statement Sunday.

"Yesterday the Butler Township Police Department was made aware of a social media post warning of an attack at North Schuylkill on Monday. Our department has been vigorously investigating the origin of the post. The authors of the post have been identified and the investigation is continuing. Through our investigation it has been determined there is No, I repeat No credible threat associated with this post. Despite this fact we will remain vigilant and have an increase in police presence within the district."

As part of the ongoing recent school threats, the district also asks that instead of sharing threats on social media, to please report any threats directly to law enforcement or the school district.  The school district tip line number is (570) 874-0466, ext. 1847.

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