WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Eastern York High School students evacuated the building Friday morning because a written bomb threat was discovered on the wall in a student bathroom, according to the district’s website.
All high school students were moved to the Eastern York Middle School gymnasium at 11:05 a.m.
Police responded and searched the building. The threat was not found to be credible and students were escorted back into the building at 12:43 p.m.
Students were dismissed at their normal time.
Officials said a suspect has yet to be identified and the investigation is underway.
The high school was evacuated three times last week after the discovery of written threats, and on Aug. 31 the building was locked down after a student reported a verbal threat to a teacher. Eastern York Middle School was evacuated after a bomb threat on Tuesday.
In a letter to parents, high school principal Dr. Timothy Mitzel said the rash of hoaxes is having a serious impact on the entire community. He said what seems to be a new trend with our youth making false threats is sobering and disturbing.
“When a bomb threat is first discovered, school administrators and police do not attempt to determine whether it is a hoax or the real thing. Therefore, when a bomb threat is found, it is always taken seriously and students are evacuated immediately,” he wrote. “A bomb threat is treated as genuine until investigated and until a search of the school has been completed.”
“One obvious result of immediate evacuation is the disruptive effect on the school community. We are asking community members not to sensationalize these pranks on social media. Elevated awareness and attention generate the possibility of more pranks.”