Police Investigating Threat at Union City Area School District
Corry based Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate a threat made Tuesday morning at Union City Area Middle and High School. Police are now saying that a threatening letter was found Tuesday, talking about violence happening at 8:40 am.
Police wouldn’t reveal the threat, but did say the letter wasn’t hand written. Investigators said the validity and credibility of the threat is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding the threat is urged to contact Corry-based state police at 814-663-2043. Union City schools were open and normal yesterday.
Here’s a transcript of the phone call sent out to parents and anyone signed up on the school districts phone list.
This is your Superintendent Matt Bennett. I am following up from my call from earlier today. I want to thank everyone that chose to pick up their students for doing so in such an orderly manner, and for those that chose to have their students stay in school, for placing your trust in our team. I would also like to thank the state police for their timely response and continued efforts in this investigation.
As I just mentioned, the investigation continues on the threat that we received this morning. Although I have been asked not to disclose specifics of the threat from the State Police per their investigation I can tell you that the threat did not mention anyone by name or timeframe. We take every threat seriously, but when we get a threat that is this vague in nature it is extremely difficult to follow up on until we identify who made it.
Once again, we want to be transparent but at the same time not cause unnecessary stress or panic. The state police will continue to show an increased presence on our campus as we hope to identify who made the threat in the very near future. In the meantime, school will be open as normal tomorrow. Please know that neither myself or the State Police would recommend keeping a school open unless we felt it was a safe atmosphere to learn in.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your building principals or myself.