LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A 17-year-old student has been charged for making a threat to Manheim Township High School.
Township police said the teen admitted he placed a bullet in a men’s restroom and wrote a threatening message on the restroom wall. He was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with terroristic threats.
The high school went into lockdown after the threat was discovered around 8 a.m. A lockdown doesn’t stop classes, but it prevents anyone from entering or leaving the school, clears the hallways, and secures students in classrooms.
Students were dismissed from the high school at 11:45 a.m. and each was searched before they exited the building, according to the district. Administrators said sending students home early allowed police to conduct interviews and search the building thoroughly.
Police said at no time during the incident were students or staff in any danger.
All other schools in the district operated normally, but high school and middle school events were canceled for the day.
School will resume on Wednesday.