Southern York clears threat concerns after evening scare

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The Southern York County School District has cleared concerns about a threat against its middle school Wednesday evening, Feb. 21, after notifying parents hours earlier on a threat investigation.

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"We are relieved to let you know that police have investigated the social media posts from several accounts concerning the threatening statement about our middle school and have verified the origin and the individual responsible," Southern York schools superintendent Sandra Lemmon wrote on a letter posted to the district's website.

"We greatly appreciate the committed partnership from Southern Regional Police on their thorough investigation and timely efforts. Southern Regional Police has also determined that at no time was there a viable threat to our students, staff, and schools," she continued.

Classes will go on as scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 21, Lemmon said.

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However, there will be an increased police presence at Southern York schools Thursday as a "proactive measure."

School counselors will be available to support students and their concerns, Lemmon stated.

An identical statement is listed on the district website.

Southern is the latest school district to investigate a threat toward at least one of its schools after threats were investigated at South Western School District, Central York School District and the Dover Area School District.