Bethel Park School District cancels classes on Thursday, October 12th, and sent out a letter on their decision handling recent threats of violence.
School is canceled in all BPSD schools on Oct. 12. Please call the BPPD if you know who is making threats to our schools.
— Bethel Park SD (@bpsdinfo) October 12, 2017
An investigation has been underway and the school alerted parents of the decision Wednesday night. The decision comes after threats of violence were alleged at the high school October 12 and 16, and additional rumors targeting another school in the district.
In addition to the tweet, the school sent out an automated call to parents and posted a more detailed explanation on the website, that can be found below.
“There will be no school in the Bethel Park School District on Thursday, October 12. The decision was made in light of new threats to additional schools that have recently circulated on social media. While the Bethel Park Police Department does not believe these latest threats to be credible, we believe it is in the best interest of our students and staff to cancel school on October 12. The day will be made up on Monday, February 19, 2018.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for understanding that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.”
A letter was sent to parents, guardians and staff saying classes at all school will resume Friday. An increased security presence will be at the schools to make everyone more comfortable returning to school.
All the schools in the district will be closed Monday, October 16. The superintendent says that decision is erring on the side of caution.