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Incident at EAMS

January 9, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Elizabethtown Area School District wants to provide parents and guardians with accurate information and discourage rumors. Today, several parents and students came forward to share information that was of concern involving a “possible threat” directed toward our middle school for tomorrow. Upon receipt of the information, school administration launched its Emergency Operations Plan. As per district procedures, the Elizabethtown Borough Police Department was notified and they, along with district and school administration, immediately launched a threat assessment to determine if there was any danger to our students. Based on all available information, the threat has been deemed to be NOT CREDIBLE by local law enforcement.

Again, the District wants to assure students and their parents/guardians that it ALWAYS takes any type of threat seriously and that practice was no different with today’s situation. We extended our appreciation to the Elizabethtown Borough Police Department for their quick response and professional manner in which they conducted the investigation today. We also want to commend the students and parents who shared their concerns with school officials.

District administration wants students and their parents to know that it always takes any incident involving a threat seriously and has the full cooperation of the police department. District administration encourages parents to talk with their children about the seriousness of threats and the importance of reporting suspicious activities, threats, or disturbing information to a trusted adult. More information on how the district responds to threats can be found on the district website at www.etownschools.org/safety.

The safety of students and staff is the district’s number one priority, and it will continue to be vigilant. The district appreciates your continued support of a safe learning environment for its students. Please feel free to contact Troy Portser, director of school and community information, by phone at (717) 367-1521, ext. 10024 or by email at troy_portser@etownschools.org should you have any questions or concerns.