Threat prompts police presence at Berks Catholic High School

'You have to take [it] seriously,' principal says

READING, Pa. - A threat made against Berks Catholic High School prompted some students to end their school day early.

The undisclosed threat was found Tuesday afternoon written on a bathroom wall inside the school in southwest Reading, prompting an immediate call to 911, officials said.

Both city police and state police responded to the school.

"We do not believe the threat is credible," said Tony Balistrere, Berks Catholic's principal. "Everyone is safe, and we're also very hopeful that anyone who has information about, you know, who wrote what they wrote on the bathroom wall, that they would contact the Reading police or contact one of our administration here at the school."

Police initially told 69 News that the threat prompted the school to dismiss its students early, but the principal later said that wasn't the case.

Instead, the school remained in session, but alerted parents to the threat out of an abundance of caution. Some of those parents, he said, subsequently opted to pick up their children ahead of the normal dismissal time.

"In this day and age, you have to take [it] seriously, and the safety of our students is always of our utmost concern," Balistrere said.

Reading police officers remained at the school for the duration of the day, according to the principal.

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