Student walkout moved for security concerns

Harrisburg

A local student walkout to raise awareness about gun violence in schools was moved after a threat of violence.

Students at the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg planned to walk out and rally on the steps of the state Capitol as part of a national walkout Friday to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Columbine High School.

Thursday night, a note containing potentially threatening images was found at CASA, prompting students to hold the event at another location.

“I’m very afraid. I think about other school shootings that have happened,” CASA walkout organizer Floyd Kessler said. “It’s almost impossible for me to put myself in the victims’ or bystanders’ shoes. I just can’t imagine it happening and if happens so often that a lot of students are scared, not to say that they’re scared 24/7, but it’s an underlying anxiety that this could happen and this could happen anywhere.

School officials sent the following alert to parents Thursday evening:

Good Evening: At the end of the day today, a note containing potentially threatening images was found in CASA. The note was quickly brought to the attention of administration. The Harrisburg Police Department(HPD) and Strawberry Square Security were immediately contacted. CASA is fully cooperating with the HPD as they investigate. Strawberry Square Security and the Harrisburg Police Department will continue to be present around our campus. Safety and security of our students and staff are of the utmost importance. We will keep you apprised of the situation if more information becomes available. If you have any questions, please call the main office at 717-732-8450. Thank you.

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