Central schools closed again Friday, third day since threats
Police and school officials announced Thursday afternoon that Central York School District will be closed again Friday — the third day classes have been canceled since threats were first reported.
Again Thursday, police and district officials held morning and afternoon news conferences to update the community about the investigation into specific threats made on social media.
"We have not closed this loop," Springettsbury Township Police Chief Dan Stump said late Thursday afternoon. "We do not feel comfortable at this time with the students going back to school."
Police said they will continue to investigate through the night and will update the public at a news conference Friday morning.
Stump said at a Thursday morning news conference that a task force composed of more than 20 investigators is still trying to identify the suspect or suspects in the threats.
"It is difficult — it's a timely process," he said.
Stump has said two threats specific to the schools and police activity, which involved firearm violence, were made on social media earlier in the week.
The chief said Thursday morning that no suspects were in custody, but the department has found persons of interest. He also said officials have received multiple tips throughout the past day.
"We are investigating each and every one of them thoroughly," he said.
Stump said Thursday afternoon that police have received several dozen tips since the morning, and they encourage the community to continue sending them.
Because false information has been generated on social media, they remind those who are sharing to be responsible and send any posts they have received to the police tip line.
Stump has said a $5,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the offender or offenders.
Central York schools have been closed since Wednesday, Feb. 21, while officials investigate.
District Superintendent Michael Snell said the days will be added on to the end of the school year.
Stump acknowledged Thursday afternoon that classes will have to resume.
"We are thinking about that process," he said. "Even if we don't make an arrest, we have got to get our kids back in school."
Central York School District and law-enforcement officials will hold a town meeting on safety and security at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Central York High School, the district announced Thursday.
Police chiefs from the Springettsbury and Northern York County Regional police departments will be in attendance, along with District Attorney Dave Sunday and first responders.
The town-hall meeting will "give our community a chance to come out and have a conversation regarding school safety, next steps and next actions," Snell said.
Anyone with tips can call 911 and ask for Springettsbury Township Police. Tips also may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m Friday.
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