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Threat forces lockdown at Franklin Regional High School

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By The The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

An e-mailed threat advising that a shooting was to occur at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Franklin Regional High School resulted in a lockdown at the school while police searched the building.

Murrysville police said school administrators contacted the department yesterday morning regarding the threat, sent Monday evening, allegedly from a ninth-grade student's e-mail account.

Superintendent Dr. Emery D'Arcangelo said students remained in their second-period classes while lockers and the school were searched.

No weapons were found, police said.

The investigation revealed the e-mail did not originate from the student, but from an unknown person who used the student's e-mail by way of a foreign Internet proxy server to send the message.

An anonymous proxy server can serve as a buffer between the user and the Web sites he visits, effectively keeping the user anonymous.

D'Arcangelo said that the source of the email may have been the Czech Republic.

There was no compromise of the district's Internet service, D'Arcangelo said.

At 10:15 a.m., the district posted a notice on its Web site that the search was completed, the building was found to be secure and the students and staff had resumed their normal schedules.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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