DA: Threats against Governor Mifflin High School unfounded

Community forum planned for 7 p.m. Thursday

DA: Threats against Gov. Mifflin High School unfounded

SHILLINGTON, Pa. - Threats to shoot up Governor Mifflin High School have proved to be unfounded, but not before putting parents and students on edge.

District Attorney John Adams said he determined the threats were false and irresponsible. They're coming to light at a time when there's heightened alert following last Wednesday's shooting that took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Some Mifflin parents took their children out of school early Wednesday with the rumor of a school shooting floating around. School representatives said they understand senses are heightened right now, but they assure parents they've investigated it and the students are safe.

"I texted my mom today, just in case this actually happens, 'I love you,'" said student Asia Young.

A threat against the high school is the latest false rumor floating around the community.

"It has nothing to do with Governor Mifflin," said student Samantha Duchesne. "It has to do with the kids in that school who find it humorous to again scare other kids."

School leaders determined the rumor had no merit, but it came just days after the school investigated another threat. In that case, the threat was posted on social media in January, but it didn't come to the district's attention until last week. The superintendent forwarded it to police, who took it to the DA.

"I understand there will be emotions and I understand the parents," said Steven Gerhard, the district's superintendent.

Adams said the threat had no merit, and unfortunately, it's common for his office to investigate such threats after a tragedy like the deadly school shooting in Florida.

"This investigation indicated that we did not have sufficient evidence to charge someone with a crime," he said.

Parents are encouraged to talk with their children and school leaders. The district is holding a community conversation about school safety.

"I encourage parents to come out and ask the school questions," said student Camron Schnovel.

The community forum is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium.

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