West Perry High School to increase security after shooting threat
ELLIOTTSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
West Perry School District will increase security measures and police presence at the high school on Friday after receiving what they are calling an unsubstantiated shooting threat.
"Yesterday rumors about a possible shooting at the high school on Friday
December 21st began to circulate. The high school administration has investigated each report and has determined the source of each reported rumor," wrote West Perry High School Principal Christopher Rahn in a letter to parents and the community.
Rahn said Pennsylvania State Police are involved and will work with the high school to keep students safe.
The shooting threat comes just five days after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Friday marks the one week anniversary of the shooting.
As a result of the treat, police will be present at West Perry High School on Friday. In addition, everyone will be required to enter the school through the main lobby. All other exterior doors will be locked throughout the day.
Rahn thanked students, parents and community members for sharing concerns with the school administration.
"In the wake of recent national events I am thankful so many are keeping a watchful eye on the school so that we can continue to provide a safe environment for our students."