UPDATE: Police investigate ‘disturbing messages’ posted on social media, school district says

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UPDATE: 11:20 p.m., Wednesday:

Pennsbury School District Superintendent Dr William Gretzula sent the following message to parents as a follow-up:

This message is being sent to families of PHS students to reassure the community that the social media post referenced earlier in the evening was not a direct threat to harm any students or staff. It was a threat to harm himself. Police have confirmed that the student will not be attending the school immediately. Please recognize the need to protect the student’s right to privacy and confidentiality.

The administration and staff are proud of the community members who have heeded previous advice that if you “see something, say something”. I can also report that the family has been fully cooperative with the authorities, and the police are also proud of the collaboration between the school and the police to address this concern.

The school will be open tomorrow and it will be a safe environment for teaching, learning and testing. The presence of police on PHS campuses tomorrow morning is just a precaution to reassure the community that the school is safe and does not reflect a belief that an incident will take place.

Original story:

Police will be at Pennsbury High School on Wednesday morning after “disturbing posts” were posted on social media.

In an email to parents, the Pennsbury School District said it had been made aware of the messages and that Falls Township and Lower Makefield Police were investigating. Further details on the positions were not immediately available.

“We can assure the community that Pennsbury High School will be safe and we anticipate a normal opening tomorrow. Keystone exams will always take place as scheduled, ”the message to parents read.

The district thanked the community for “expressing concern about this”.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had Friday morning instead of Wednesday morning.

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