Shippensburg Area School District officials learned Tuesday afternoon of a potential bomb threat targeting Shippensburg Area Senior High School on Wednesday.
However, an official said in an email to parents that the district’s schools will operate on their normal schedules.
Chris Suppo, superintendent of schools at Shippensburg Area School District, announced in an email sent out to parents of students at 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 10 that “local law enforcement was engaged immediately to work with the administration to assess the threat and assist in developing a plan to ensure student safety.”
According to the email, the high school will be guarded by the presence of both regional and local police during arrival and dismissal times tomorrow. Only the front entrance and rear entrance by the auditorium lobby will be accessible when school opens at 6:45 a.m., and police will patrol the premises throughout the day. Additionally, K-9 units will comb the building to ensure it is safe for students before they enter.
The details of the threat and how it came to be identified have yet to be made public, and the Shippensburg Borough Police did not release any further information.
“It’s still an ongoing investigation,” Shippensburg Police Cpl. Jeff Shubert said.
“We thank everyone in advance for their patience as we initiate changes to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” Suppo said.
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The email sent to parents was also posted on the district's website.
Update: The letter posted on the district's website was removed. The full text is embedded below.