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Schools on high alert due to nationwide social media threat


Pennsylvania – Schools around the country are being extra cautious today as a widespread but vague threat of school shooting or bomb threats are circulating on social media.

The message reportedly started on TikTok and was quickly reposted and spread by users throughout the country.

Although the message made threats for today, Dec. 17, it did not contain any specific threats, locations, or school districts. Investigators say there are no identified credible threats to any schools in Pennsylvania.

As an added safety precaution, most schools have requested additional police presence at schools districts today. Messages were sent home explaining the situation to families by school administrators, including those in DuBois, Brockway, and Clearfield.

Please remain vigilant and as always immediately report any suspicious behavior.

In an emergency, call 911. Threats and suspicious activity involving schools in Pennsylvania should be reported to Safe2Say at (844) 723-2729 or online at www.safe2saypa.org.

At this time, I would also like to remind families of the importance of, if you see something, say something. Safety is a shared responsibility.

Wendy Benton, superintendent of the DuBois Area School District, sent a message to all student families notifying them about a nationwide vague threat of violence in schools on Dec. 17. There are no credible threats at this time.