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Second threat in as many days forces Quaker Valley evacuation; administrators seek answers

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Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Principal Andrew Surloff at 412-749-6012 or surloffa@qvsd.org or the Leetsdale Police Department at 724-266-1380.

In addition, information can be reported on the district’s anonymous tipline 412-749-3633 or online from the district’s website.


By Bobby Cherry

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

A second threat in as many days forced the evacuation of Quaker Valley High School Tuesday.

A written threat was discovered in a restroom at the high school around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, district spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said.

Students and staff were evacuated to Chuck Knox Stadium and remain there until around 2 p.m. while police searched the building, she said. Beaver Street from Village Drive to Camp Meeting Road remained closed during the search. The roadway reopened to traffic around 2 p.m.

Students will be dismissed from the school at their normal time, Vojtko said.

A similar threat discovered yesterday prompted an evacuation.

Consecutive days with threats prompted a letter from district Superintendent Joseph Clapper to parents Tuesday night.

“In addition to disrupting the learning environment, these incidents have needlessly caused worry and anxiety for parents and family members of both students and staff,” he wrote.

In the letter, Clapper asked parents to talk with their children about the implications of making threats.

“Students who communicate their desire or intention to cause harm to students, teachers or a school building, even in a joking manner, will be taken seriously and will face severe disciplinary consequences up to and including expulsion,” Clapper wrote.

“Please help to 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.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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