Student charged after threat to harm staff in York City school
Students voiced concerns and offered solutions at a public safety meeting after two threats were made over social media by a Central York School District student. The meeting at Central York High School Wednesday, Feb. 28 was an opportunity for community members to be heard by the school board and local officials.
York City School District sent a letter home with Ferguson K-8 students Friday, March 2, informing them of a student allegedly threatening to harm staff.
"This morning, a middle school student was overheard threatening to bring a gun to school to harm staff," the letter stated.
Ferguson Principal Melanie Still wrote the letter, which stated that administrators detained the student and collaborated with school district police and York City Police to bring the student into city police custody.
According to the letter, the student was charged by York City Police, suspended from school and recommended for expulsion.
"There was no interruption to the school day," Still stated in the letter.
The letter warned, "Please continue to discuss with your children that it is against the law to make threats such as this and — should your child hear a threat — it’s very important to tell a staff member, teacher, or administrator immediately."
Previous threats: Friday's threat comes after a long list of student threats following the Parkland, Florida, school shootings on Valentine's Day.
Since then, 10 school districts in York County — including York City, which also had a previous threat — have had students accused of making threats, the York Dispatch reported Thursday, March 1.
William Penn Senior High School saw a threatening note in a school restroom Monday, Feb. 26, according to a letter written by Principal Brandon Carter.
The nine other districts are Central York, Dallastown, West York Area, Dover Area, Eastern York, Red Lion Area, Hanover, Southern and South Western.
Central York's threats caused district schools to close for three days pending a police investigation.
Students, parents and community members attended a district safety meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, discussing issues including mental health, armed teachers, security protocols and planned student walkouts and marches in response to gun violence.