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Police probe bomb threat at Norwin school

Joe Napsha
| Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

A canine explosive detection unit is expected to search the Hillcrest Intermediate School in North Huntingdon when classes end Thursday after a bomb threat was discovered Monday in a girls restroom, Norwin School District officials said.

North Huntingdon police and school officials searched the building after the threat, “Bomb School Friday 20th shsh,” was found late Monday afternoon written on a garbage can, said Natalie McCracken, assistant superintendent for elementary education.

As a precaution, Hillcrest students are asked to bring only essential items to school Friday, and all backpacks will be searched as students arrive, Hillcrest Principal Brian O'Neil said in a letter to parents. The building will be closed to all after-school activities Thursday.

Police told school officials that there would not be a need for those measures on Tuesday and Wednesday, McCracken told a concerned parent at Monday's school board meeting.

O'Neil asked parents to contact the district if their child has any information that would lead to identifying the suspect.

It was noted that April 20 has historically been a date when schools are threatened with violence.

One of the deadliest school shootings in the nation occurred April 20, 1999, when two students went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 13 people. April 20 also is the anniversary of the birthday of Adolph Hitler, the dictator of Nazi Germany before and during World War II.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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