Good Evening CLSD Families,
This evening, school districts across the Commonwealth were made aware of social media posts that include general statements about threats to safety. A copy of the communication which describes the situation, written by Secretary of Education Noe Ortega, is located below. These social media posts warn of threats, but are not specific to Pennsylvania and do not contain any details of schools, individuals, or locations. This situation is similar to the information we investigated last week at CCHS and CCMS. This challenge has created anxiety in communities and continued to resurface in other schools in the Commonwealth and across the country this week.
At CLSD, we always encourage our students and staff to report any information that could pose a threat to our schools or be unsafe. Any information reported to us always will be thoroughly investigated. In addition to our own CLSD Police, we have excellent cooperation with our local law enforcement in our municipalities. This situation serves as another good example of why it is important to report threats rather than sharing posts online that refer to school safety. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff and ultimately heighten an already challenging situation.
It is very important to note that our District has received NO reports of threats at this time. School is in session tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.
As always, we thank you for your cooperation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are aware of numerous messages circulating on social media, primarily TikTok, regarding school shootings and bomb threats to schools across the nation for tomorrow, December 17.
These social media posts warn of threats but are not specific to Pennsylvania and do not contain specific threats, schools, actors, or locations.
However, law enforcement and school officials should, as always, remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior to Safe2Say at (844) 723-2729, or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fwww.safe2saypa.org&c=E,1,Ek51Gm9awCJDBSVckOQ8Xxiuqxty-gQoAy70XbNx3sivi5SWzQqWpghr-JUIYt_T0Jle18yb2ja5vAbeIGHFIDNi6HaYw2rVnAZfwS5S_dA,&typo=1. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
PDE and PSP encourages schools to share this message with their staff, parents, and students to spread awareness of these social media posts and to remind the community to be aware of and report any suspicious activity or threats.
Noe Ortega, Ph.D. | Secretary of Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education | Executive Office
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126