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UPDATE: Two Cedar Crest HS students arrested for detailed school shooting plan
Reported by: Michael Gorsegner
Contributor: Sara Small
On Tuesday, students at Cedar Crest High School are heading back to school just a few days after two students were arrested for a potential school shooting plot. Those two students are now being held at a juvenile detention facility.
Some students came forward Thursday afternoon alerting officials to the potential for a plot against the school. School officials say they acted quickly and stopped any type of potential problem and school continued on just fine Friday and Monday.
And while the threat wasnt necessarily imminent, the quick movement by police and officials may have thwarted a potential attack.
I understand that these are extraordinary situations, said parent Dave Williams.
Two 14-year-old kids are in police custody, arrested for planning a potential shooting at Cedar Crest High School in South Lebanon Township.
"No weapons were brought onto the school property at any time. No students or staff members were ever endangered at any time, in essence, this plan was averted prior to any actual operational movement," said Chief Michael Lesher, from South Lebanon Township Police Department.
The investigation started on Thursday afternoon. A group of students went to school administrators and told them they had overheard the potential threat.
"Some other students had gone to school staff members indicating that they overheard some of these plans, the staff members of course called the police, and that's what triggered the investigation," said Chief Lesher.
We are going to do everything to make sure every child and every person that walks through the doors are safe, said Superintendent Dr. Philip Domencic.
South Lebanon Township Police and school administrators worked hand-in-hand to quickly uncover the plot. The two students were arrested and the plot foiled. Administrators say at no time were the students at Cedar Crest High in imminent danger.
We take this very seriously. If it was not safe to have school, we would not have school, said Dr. Domencic.
In light of the arrests, some wonder if now is the time to act and arm the districts four school resource officers.
I am glad that we are hesitant and we are taking our time on this topic but I think the sad reality shows that we need to move forward, said Lori Miller, Union Canal Elementary School teacher and parent.
Those two juveniles are facing charges this morning including criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault, conspiracy and making terroristic threats. They are being held at a juvenile detention facility in Lancaster County.
The board is also considering the idea of arming the districts four school resource officers. That topic will be discussed at the next scheduled board meeting on Monday, March 17th.