Possible threat on social media being investigated by State Police
Updated 12:45 PM
Schools in the Upper Perkiomen School District have been closed Monday due to an unspecified threat.
According to a State Police report, they were "notified of an unspecified threat, possibly directed at the Upper Perkiomen School District. The threat appears to have originated on a Social Media posting and the State Police were notified at 1:15 a.m.
Members were not able to view the posting as it has been removed. Upper Perkiomen School District Administrators were notified of the alleged threat."
Dr. Alexis McGloin, Superintendent of the School District posted the following message on the District's website: ""Due to a concern with safety and welfare of our students, school will be canceled for the day. Currently, state police are investigating a situation that raises enough concern for us to take this action. This concern is limited to UPSD schools, and does not include other schools or the community.
According to the State Police, they are currently conducting additional interviews and have taken the necessary steps to recover the original posting. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the original posting contained screen shots of a video created to curtail gun violence and identify the warning signs. The video is posted on the sandyhookpromise.org website.
The report also stated that "At this time, no credible threat has been identified.
(Updated 12:45 PM 12/5/16)
Earlier this afternoon, Dr. McGloin issued the following statement on the School District's website: Open communication is an important part of building a strong partnership with parents. The district realizes that today has been difficult for the members of our school community due to the sparsity of information that could be shared related to our school closing.
For this reason, I want to provide you with some additional information about the incident that occurred today.
The Upper Perkiomen School District takes all threats to the safety of students and staff extremely serious. Very early this morning, administrators were notified by the state police that an anonymous post was made on social media to inflict harm upon unspecified students in school. The posting originated from an online social media site, Instagram. This site allows an individual to remain unidentified, which makes it difficult for school officials or public safety officials to trace the source. While the vast majority of school threats involve situations that are not deemed credible; the closure of school today was essential to allow the state and local authorities to conduct a full investigation to ensure the safety of the students and staff.
At this time, the person responsible for the post has been identified. When the post originated, it was made on a closed group of 79 students from an anonymous source that was attached to a picture of a student potentially of middle to early high school age. The post contained a video, "Evan, Sandy Hook Promise." There is no longer a credible threat to the district as the source has been identified by state troopers. All afterschool activities will continue today and school will be in session tomorrow.
We need to work together, as a community, to create a safe and supportive learning environment. We ask that you please discuss the day's events with your child, emphasizing the seriousness of this situation and the impact their on-line interactions can have on themselves, their friends, family and community."
The Town and Country will continue to update this story as information is made available.