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EASD: Police Investigate ‘Possible Threat,’ Conclude That No Immnient Danger Exists

The Elizabethtown Area School District said police worked overnight to investigate a “possible threat,” but concluded that there was no imminent danger.

Superintendent Michele Balliet posted a letter to parents and guardians online on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

“Late Sunday evening around 10 p.m., District administration received a tip that was of concern involving a ‘possible threat’ directed toward our high school. District administration immediately contacted local law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted throughout the late evening and overnight hours. Local law enforcement, through the threat assessment

process, determined that no imminent threat existed.” Balliet wrote. She went on to say she could not share details due to confidentiality rules, but assured parents that the school district is taking appropriate disciplinary action.

“District administration encourages parents to talk with their children about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats, or disturbing information to a trusted adult,” Balliet wrote. “Students should also be aware that law enforcement agencies are taking these threats seriously and are pursuing prosecution even when such incidents are intended as pranks.”

Balliet thanked police for their help.

“We extended our appreciation to the Elizabethtown Borough Police Department and Northwest Regional Police Department for their quick response and professional manner in which they conducted the investigation,” she wrote. “We also want to commend the individual who shared the concern with school officials.”

She went on to say that anyone with questions or concerns should contact Troy Portser, director of school and community information, by phone at 717-367-1521, ext. 10024 or by email at troy_portser@etownschools.org.

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