Alleged Dover Elementary threat taken out of context, parent says
A Dover Elementary School student's parent accused of threatening to burn the school down says that what she said was taken out of context when she was yelling at school staff late last week.
Northern York County Regional Police say Daniell Lindy Price was yelling about an incident at the school involving her child, including that she was going to "burn the school down," while there Friday, Feb. 23.
“There were no words ever said like that," Price said Monday, Feb. 26.
Price said she wasn't going to "burn the school," but she was actually considering suing the district.
“It just totally got taken out of context,” she said
Price, 36, of the 6300 block of Old Carlisle Road, is charged with making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Incident: Police were called to the school about 10:30 a.m. Friday for a report of a disorderly woman.
When police arrived, they found Price yelling, and she continued yelling after officers arrived, court documents state.
Police say Price was upset about how the school handled a disciplinary issue with a teacher and that she was yelling for five minutes before calming down "slightly."
Price said she had gone to the school to discuss the way a teacher had treated her child, and the incident escalated.
“I got a little angry," she said.
Court documents allege Price said, "I'm going to sell my house and my $5,000 dog, and burn the school down."
But Price claims that's not what she said. Police say Price told officers that she meant she would sue the school.
"I wouldn't need to sell my $150,000 house or a $5,000 dog to burn a school down — that doesn't make sense," she said.
Price said she said she would "burn" the school, as in sue. She said she was looking into getting an attorney to sue the school, which she would need money for.
Price admitted she used "poor words" in the situation.
“I didn't think they would take that as ‘I’m going to burn the school down,’” she said.
"Not a threat": Price said Monday that she wants parents to know she would never threaten to burn the school down.
“I don’t want any parents feeling threatened or scared to send their kids to school,” she said.
Price, a Dover Area High School graduate, said she purchased her home so her kids could be in the district. She said she is "Dover pride."
“I’m sorry if I caused any parents a scare or stress," she said.
Price was taken to the county's central booking unit Friday night for arraignment. She posted $2,500 bail, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 9 at District Judge David Eshbach's office.
Dover issues: The incident Friday was just one of multiple issues Northern York County Regional Police dealt with in the district last week.
The department said there were several calls regarding an alleged threat to the school district Tuesday, Feb. 20. Officers tracked it to the source and determined that a threat did not exist.
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, police were told that there was a specific threat against a single student made at the high school. Police said officials tracked it to the source and are in the process of filing terroristic threat charges.
Police also say two high school students were overheard talking about what they would do if they were high school shooters. Both are charged with making terroristic threats.
These incidents came in around the same time as two threats directed toward Central York schools. Central York School District closed Wednesday through Friday last week while officials investigated the source of two threats made on social media Tuesday.
Springettsbury Township Police announced Sunday, Feb. 25, that they had identified the person who made the threats as a girl who attends Central York Middle School.
She will be charged in juvenile court with making terroristic threats, police have said.
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