Pine Richland High And Middle Schools To Reopen Thursday After Cyber Threat

The FBI is assisting local law enforcement in the investigation that closed both schools Wednesday

Andrew Limberg
September 11, 2019 - 9:51 am

Pine Richland School District

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - After receiving a “specific cyber threat” Wednesday morning, Pine-Richland activated its safety response team and closed the High school and middle school.

District officials contacted The Northern Regional Police Department immediately to “complete a threat assessment”.

K-9 units investigated the high school and middle school grounds and buildings. Both campuses have been secured.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is also involved in the investigation.

All after-school and evening activities were canceled at both campuses Wednesday evening 

The middle school’s open house is canceled and will be rescheduled.

All other schools in the district are running on a normal schedule after law enforcement gave the district “confidence to continue regular operations at our other schools.”

Police will be at the high school and middle school campuses through the evening.

Officials are preparing for students to return to school on Thursday.

The district says on its site, “Both buildings will operate with heightened security procedures. A general search will be conducted with students as they return to school. To facilitate this process, no backpacks or other types of bags will be permitted. If desired, students may use a clear plastic bag for books, lunches, and other clothing/equipment. Instrument cases are permitted but will be opened and searched.”

If you have any information on the threats you are urged to call the tip line at 724-449-TIPS.

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