UPDATE: The Mount Carmel Area School District updated information on its Facebook page Thursday at approximately 3:30pm:
“This is a message for parents, students, and staff in the Mount Carmel Area School District.
As a follow up to the threat uncovered today at the Jr.-Sr. High School, four canine units from the Pennsylvania State Police swept both buildings, and nothing dangerous was found. Staff and students may resume all practice routines, and both buildings are safe to resume normal usage.
This incident will continue to be investigated, and we hope to find the perpetrator as quickly as possible. Students are reminded that threats made against a school can and will result in serious consequences, including arrest, possibly a felony arrest, and expulsion from school.
We are confident that there was no immediate threat to any students or staff throughout the incident. Thanks to our staff and students for handling today’s incident efficiently and calmly – great job to all!
School will resume tomorrow, and have a great evening!”
Below is the latest message posted on social media:
MOUNT CARMEL, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Mount Carmel Area School District posted a message on its Facebook page Thursday just after noon that they would be dismissing early due to a threat.
Below is the message posted on social media:
“This is a message for students and parents in the Mount Carmel Area School District.
Late this morning a threatening message was found on an old bulletin board in the boys’ locker room at the Jr.-Sr. High School. The threat was specific to the Jr.-Sr. High School.
Law enforcement was immediately contacted, the immediate area was swept, and nothing was found.
As a precaution, we are dismissing all students and staff as soon as the buses arrive so we can do a comprehensive sweep of both buildings. The Jr.-Sr. High School will dismiss first, then elementary school. Elementary student buses will depart from the school at approximately 1:15. The Elementary school is being dismissed only as a precaution.
We are confident that there is no immediate threat to any students or staff, and thank you for your patience and support. We will send a follow-up message later today with more information.
Eyewitness News will bring you any details regarding this situation as they become available.