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Threat at Pleasant Valley District closes school, causes scare

BRODHEADSVILLE, Pa. - "This is David Piperato. A bomb threat was discovered early this morning by a building administrator," said the Superintendent of Pleasant Valley School District in a phone call that went out to the district's parents this afternoon.

The district closed the high school early Monday morning. Social media and a phone call alerted parents. 

The move came as some students were in route. Buses were diverted to the middle school, which remained opened along with the elementary school.

"I think any parent who gets a phone call like that, even though my son is in the middle school, it just freaked me out," said Yevette Carrasquillo. "Scares me even more because junior high is next to the high school. It's scary."

The threat wasn't perceived to be credible but four state police bomb sniffing dogs searched the school because of the specific nature of the threat. Officials deemed the building safe around 12:30 p.m. It will stay on lockdown until Tuesday morning.

For students, it's not snow but a scare that gives them another day off from school. Esther Roberts, mother of a sophomore, says her son isn't happy about it.

"You know a lot of days are going to disappear. Spring break, he already has to go on Presidents Day, they took that away as well," Roberts said.  

At this point police or the district have not said who made the threat or how it was found. The district says it will continue to work with state police and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

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