West Jefferson Hills schools put on lockdown as precaution from threat
A vague threat against “a middle school” prompted an increase in police presence at each building in the West Jefferson Hills School District early Thursday morning.
The Pittsburgh division of the FBI received information on Wednesday concerning a possible threat against an unnamed middle school, according to a statement released by Jefferson Hills police Chief Gene Roach.
“Although the threat was unspecified and no particular school identified, (the FBI) investigation led them to further investigate a resident of Jefferson Hills,” Roach said. “Because of this local connection, the West Jefferson Hills School District was notified.”
West Jefferson Hills Superintendent Michael Panza said he was told about the threat late Wednesday evening and police explained that the incident stemmed from a text message received by a person in Ohio who then reported it to their local police. The FBI then was notified and traced the telephone to one of two locations — one in Latrobe and one in Jefferson Hills. The threat was unspecified and identified no specific school.
“Although the threat was not deemed credible, as a precaution, I asked the principals to enact the district-wide school safety plan (to) simply be certain that all doors are locked including the outside doors,” Panza said in a statement sent to parents.
“Also, the Jefferson Hills police and the Pleasant Hills police were present at all buildings. It was also recommended that we continue with a normal school day.”
Panza said law enforcement told him by 9:30 a.m. that there was no longer any threat to the community.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- $3,000 taken from Duquesne VFW in possible inside job
- McKeesport’s Lake Emilie ready for trout season
- Port Vue officials brief Cub Scouts on cleanup project
- Business owners see pros, cons to Lincoln Way widening in White Oak
- North Versailles board recommends Matrazzo for chief
- North Versailles police to add 10 Tasers
- TreeVitalize spruces up McKeesport’s Seventh Ward
- Lawmakers address education issues
- McKeesport teen murder suspect nabbed in sweep
- McKeesport woman pleads guilty to forgery, insurance fraud
- South Allegheny High School uses laser tool to enlighten students