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Bethel Park closes schools over threatening messages

Mary Ann Thomas
| Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5:39 a.m.
Bethel Park High School
Bethel Park High School

Bethel Park School District canceled classes Friday because of threatening messages found in two middle school bathrooms.

Written threats were found at Independence Middle School last Friday and again on Monday, according to Superintendent Joseph W. Pasquerilla.

The district and Bethel Park police have been searching for who posted the threats. Had they identified a suspect or suspects, schools would have been open, according to district spokeswoman Vicki Flotta.

Classes will resume Monday, she said.

The district did not specify the nature of the threats, but did indicate the messages said the acts would be carried out Friday. An investigation continues.

The district said it planned to reinstitute more stringent bathroom monitoring procedures at Bethel Park High School and Independence Middle School through the end of this school year in an attempt to prevent future cancellations.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.

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