Central York SD closes Wednesday after threats of violence against Schools
Springettsbury twp. Pa. —
Central York school district will be closed on Wednesday after specific threats of violence were made against the school district on Tuesday.
Police had an increased presence at the high school this morning after a threat made on Monday. Once school opened a separate threat was made recognizing the increased police presence and threatening violence towards the middle school and elementary schools.
Law enforcement quickly dispatched officers to all schools in the district as a precautionary measure. Police are not sure at this time if the threats are linked.
Due to the direct and specific threat made on Tuesday Springettsbury Twp. police have recommended the Central York School district be closed on Wednesday. After advisement from police Central York has closed all schools in the district on Wednesday due to this threat.
Police say every tip is being investigated and that they have multiple persons of interest at this time.
Based on the multitude of threats made on social media a task force has been created; the task force includes Springettsbury Twp. Police,York County District Attorney's Office, York County Detectives, The Northern York County Regional Police Department, and other local and federal agencies.
Police are asking that anyone who has specific knowledge of who originated the message to please share that information. We are also asking all parents to review your child’s text and Snap Chat messages for possible information on who sent this threatening message as well as ask them what they know.
Here is the statement sent out to parents:
Good evening, We have been working closely with police throughout the day and evening.
The following is a message form Springettsbury Police Chief Stump, who is recommending all of our schools be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
We will be sending an automated call shortly with this same information.
February 20, 2018
This morning Springettsbury Township Police Department had a strong presence at Central York High School as a result of a potential threat made yesterday. Once the school opened and classes were underway, a very disturbing threat was made recognizing the strong police presence.
The message further indicated they would target violence toward the Middle School and Elementary Schools.
Central York School District personnel responded rapidly and Law Enforcement was present at all schools. We currently are unable to link yesterday’s threat to the threats made today. Based on the direct and specific threat I have recommended Central York School District close tomorrow February 21, 2018.
Based on the threats made over social media against the school a task force has been convened. The task force is working cooperatively to investigate these threats. It includes Springettsbury Township Police Department, York County District Attorney’s Office, York County Detectives, Northern York County Regional Police Department, other local agencies and Federal agencies.
Every single tip has been investigated and we have several persons of interest at this time. We are asking that anyone who has specific knowledge of who originated the message to please share that information.
We are also asking all parents to review your child’s text and snapchat messages for possible information on who sent this threatening message as well as ask them what they know. We need everyone’s help in making sure our kids can go to school safely.
We have set up a Tip Line specifically for this investigation and ask that you email specific information to: STPDTIPS@SPRINGETTSBURY.COM
Daniel E. Stump
Chief of Police
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of Central York School District. We will continue to provide updates and communicate throughout the day tomorrow.