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Quaker Valley officials say 'non-credible' threat made online

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 2:28 p.m.

Quaker Valley officials say comments posted by middle school students to a social networking site Wednesday night are “non-credible” threats.

In an e-mail, district Superintendent Joseph Clapper said school administrators, Sewickley police and Quaker Valley resource Officer Robert Wright “thoroughly investigated the incident including searches of the school as well as the homes and lockers of those involved.”

The investigation “determined that the threats were non-credible and were made in jest,” Clapper said in an e-mail.

Students who threaten other students or staff can face expulsion, he said.

In the e-mail, Clapper encouraged parents to talk with their children about “appropriate and responsible behavior — including both face-to-face and online behavior and communication.

“Please help us reinforce the philosophy that school safety is everyone's business by talking with your child about the importance of informing an adult anytime something is said or done that makes him/her feel unsafe - this includes verbal and physical threats as well as bullying,” he wrote.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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