School district intercepts ‘copycat’ bomb threat
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Thursday, Punxsutawney Area School District Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe issued the following statement:
“On the morning of March 1, 2012, the administrators at Punxsutawney Area High School received information regarding a bomb threat that was posted on a social media Web site. While initial evidence indicated that this threat was a ‘copycat’ situation stemming from the recent Ohio school shooting and a similar bomb/gun threat incident at Jeff Tech this week, every threat is addressed as credible and investigated fully.
Therefore, the borough and state police were notified and involved immediately.
“Thanks to several responsible students who reported the situation to the administration, a suspect was quickly searched and taken into custody by police, whereupon a confession was obtained prior to a full building evacuation being necessary.
“At no time were the students, faculty or staff believed to be in danger.
“While this event turned out to be a false alarm, the administration, faculty and staff of the Punxsutawney Area School District will remain vigilant in listening to and immediately reporting to authorities information regarding any and all threats. In all such cases, disciplinary consequences from the school and law enforcement authorities will be administered.”