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Superintendent: Police 'acted swiftly' with Thomas Jefferson High School possible threat

| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson High School in the West Jefferson Hills School District.
Thomas Jefferson High School in the West Jefferson Hills School District.

A text message between two Thomas Jefferson High School students containing a possible threat Tuesday night was quickly dealt with, a school administrator says.

Jefferson Hills police and the district's school police officer immediately were notified and “acted swiftly” with the school's administrators to locate the students involved and notify their parents. No weapons or illegal contraband were found at the school or on the students, West Jefferson Hills School District Superintendent Michael Ghilani said in a message posted on the district's website Wednesday.

“At no time was the safety of our students or staff compromised,” Ghilani said.

The school was never on lockdown, however students were asked to stay in their classrooms until the students and their belongings were located and searched. All students with early dismissals and late arrivals were allowed to “move freely” during this time.

“I realize that rumors and parent and student anxiety increase exponentially when a situation involving the police and our students occurs,” Ghilani wrote. “Rest assured that our number one priority at all times is the safety and security of our staff and students.”

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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