Columbia vs. York Suburban football game postponed due to threat

Columbia, PA. (WHTM) — An undisclosed threat made by a student has led to the postponement of a football game in Lancaster County.

According to Columbia School District officials, the decision to postpone Friday night’s scheduled contest versus York Suburban was made approximately an hour before the 7pm kickoff. While the school district and police were not immediately able to determine the seriousness of the threat, the move to postpone was made out of “an overabundance of caution,” according to a message posted on the district’s website.

At approximately 8pm, a second message indicated the student suspected of making the threat was in police custody, and an investigation was underway.

The game is rescheduled for 2pm Saturday, September 17 at York Suburban High School. A message was also posted regarding the schedule change on the York Suburban School District website.

The full message as posted on the Columbia School District website can be seen below:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE 9/16/2016 FRIDAY NIGHT:

 UPDATE 8:03pm –

“We have been informed that the student who made the threat is in custody of the Columbia Borough Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.  The District wishes to express appreciation for the decisive action, cooperation, and efficient work of CBPD.  The District also wishes to thank and compliment all who cooperated leaving the field in an orderly manner this evening.  The game is rescheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm AT York Suburban High School.”

 

Original message 7:02pm:

“The Football game this evening has been postponed because of a concern for the safety of attendees.  School District officials are currently working in conjunction with the Columbia Borough Police Department to determine the seriousness of the threat.  Less than an hour ago school officials received word that a possible threat existed as a result of a statement made by a student.  More information will be shared when it is available.  Given the recent events in the immediate community and surrounding communities, an overabundance of caution is in order at this time.”

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