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Threat shuts Penn Hills High for the day; power out at Linton Middle School

| Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 11:25 a.m.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Above, Penn Hills Senior High School students make their way into a brand-new high school building that opened just in time for 2013.

(UPDATE, 11:31 AM) Students have been dismissed for the day.

Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton confirmed late Thursday morning that a bomb threat had been reported at Penn Hills High School.

“Kids were dismissed from school and we have two police dogs searching that monstrous building,” Burton said.

Students and staff were taken to the Fralic Center.

School officials discovered the threat in a message left in one of the school restrooms around 9:47 a.m.

Additionally, Linton Middle School is without power after a nearby Duquesne Light pole was struck.

According to the district website, “Main power is currently out at Linton Middle School and Administration, and the building is operating on backup generators. At this time, it is not possible to make calls in or out of the building. Please be assured that all students are safe.”

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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