York County DA to host town hall on school safety in Red Lion

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

York County District Attorney Dave Sunday will be joined by Red Lion Area School District administrators, York Area Regional Police officials and school safety consultants at a town hall.

Up for discussion will be recent school threats, cyber tips and an update on the ongoing heroin epidemic, according to DA's office spokesman Kyle King.

The event was scheduled for Thursday, March 22, at Red Lion Area Senior High School on Horace Mann Avenue in Red Lion, but it was canceled due to the snowstorm. It will be rescheduled for a later date, King said in a news release on Wednesday, March 21.

York County chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday said drug dealers these days are selling the most lethal form of heroin. Staff/photo

Panelists at the town hall will include Sunday, Red Lion Area School District Superintendent Scott Deisley, York Area Regional Police Chief Tim Damon and Officer Mark Greenly.

In addition, school safety consulting firm T.W. Ponessa and Associates representative Jim Doughty will be in attendance.

The town hall will not be the same as the social-media seminar held last Thursday, March 15, at Central York High School, King said. That event included a nuanced hour-long presentation on online trends among youth.

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York County District Attorney Dave Sunday and Assistant District Attorney Teresa Jauregui go over popular social media platforms used among teens and explain the risks for Central York School District's social media safety seminar held at Central York High School March 15.

While the Red Lion town hall might touch on some points mentioned at the Central seminar, this meeting is expected to focus more on issues affecting the district, including recent threats at schools across York County.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, a Red Lion Area High School student posted a threat on social media, according to a district spokesman. About a dozen other York County districts have dealt with similar threats.

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King added the intent to discuss the heroin epidemic is due partly to its effect in Red Lion, including the death of some Red Lion  graduates from heroin overdoses.

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The recent public events hosted by Sunday have been successful, King said, adding he is in preliminary discussions with two other school districts to hold similar public engagements.

"If and when we’re invited, we’re certainly willing to do them where we’re wanted," King said.

— Reach education reporter Junior Gonzalez at jgonzalez@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @EducationYD.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect that the meeting was canceled due to the snowstorm and will be rescheduled.