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Panther Valley High School dismissed earlier due to rumors of violence

SUMMIT HILL, Pa. - Some Carbon County families are hoping Tuesday will be a lot less unnerving than Monday and a school was put into lockdown over rumors of violence.

Police say an emailed tip about a potential school shooting at Panther Valley High School lead them to lockdown and then dismiss students at 10 a.m.

State police and K9's then searched the school and the belongings of all students leaving the building.

“It was a time consuming process because we wanted to search each student as they left the building...anything that shouldn't be in the building wasn't taken out at that point," said Panther Valley School District Superintendent Dennis Kergick.

Police say the tipster told them that a student was planning a shooting but after investigating found there was no threat.

"The tip named a certain student and said they had two guns that they brought to school and in 7th period they were going to shoot some students," said Summit Hill Police Chief Joseph Fittos.

Police say the student in question did not send the tip in and they are looking for more information about who did.

The district says despite the lack of a threat, they decided to end school early out of an abundance of caution.

"We always take any kind of threat seriously, do our best to investigate...dismiss from the buildings," added Kergick.

Police say there will be an increased police presence at the school Tuesday but only to help alleviate any fears and not because of any threats.

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