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Police Investigating Rumors of Violence at Chartiers Valley High School

Collier Township police and the Chartiers Valley School District are investigating a rumor that there would be an “act of violence at the high school” on Friday, but said they have no evidence to substantiate it.

Collier Township police and the Chartiers Valley School District are investigating a rumor that there would be an “act of violence at the high school” on Friday, but said they have no evidence to substantiate it.

The high school co-principals sent a letter to parents on Tuesday making them aware of the rumor and to inform them that they “have been proven to be unfounded and unsubstantiated.”

Collier Township police are leading the investigation and working closely with school administrators. Police Chief Tom Devin said they first heard of the rumor two weeks ago, but are taking extra precautions in the wake of .

“We have nothing solid on this at all,” Devin said. “Obviously, we’re going to take extra precautions so the schools are safe after what happened. We’re looking at it as a prank as a way for kids to get out of school.”

He said investigators have spoken to one student apparently named in the rumor, but that child did not have knowledge of any threat. Devin said investigators believe the student is telling the truth.

Several parents left comments on the Chartiers Valley Patch Facebook page about their concerns and how their children were reacting to threats.

Devin said it’s not unusual for rumors to surface after major incidents that attract national attention. He said there have been similar rumors on the anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting in 1999.

“You have to take it with concern, but you also have to take it with the whole scheme of things,” Devin said. “We have heightened security.”

Devin pointed to an increased police presence at the schools this week and the potential for a permanent resource officer at the school district’s three campuses.

“We’re not gong to overlook it, but we’re not going to overreact,” he said.

Look below to read the entire letter sent by co-principals Thomas Samosky and Amy Wodnicki.

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

This week, a rumor has been circulating that there would be an act of violence at the high school on Friday, December 21, 2012. The rumors have been investigated by administration and reported to the Collier Township Police. These rumors have been proven to be unfounded and unsubstantiated.

The District takes ail rumors and reports of violence very seriously and reports them to the appropriate police department. We Wilì follow any recommendations or requests from the investigating police department to ensure the safe and orderly operation of our school.

In addition, as referenced in Dr. White’s, Leiter ro Parents and Guardians, on December 17, 2012, increased police presence will be in all District buildings this Week to provide additional safety and security.

same old story December 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE RUMORS ARE UNTRUE? HAMMER ANY CLOWN WHO IS RESPOSNIBLE FOR THIS MESS. HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DOES THE COLLIER TWP POLICE HAVE IN THIS TYPE OF INVESTIGATION? HOW BOUT THE FBI, COUNTY POLICE, OR STATE POLICE. WE PAY FOR THEM ALSO
same old story December 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM
OVER REACT!!!! WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL.
DJ December 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Proven unsubstantiated ? How??
Sherry December 19, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Yeah, by asking the kid if he had a plan? Ridiculous. My kid will NOT be in school on Friday. I know that it can happen any day but, it's not worth the risk. This stuff needs to be taken serious. Sorry.
Steelergirl December 19, 2012 at 04:09 AM
How do they know its unsubstantiated?? Asking the child who was rumored to be involved he or she is not going to say oh yeah we plan on doing something that day. I think they need to take it more seriously! If they heard this rumor two weeks ago why are parents just now being made aware of this??
Guest December 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I couldn't agree more! What kid is going to confess to being involved in something so serious? This needs to be taken seriously! I'd rather have the student involved laughing at the police if this is a prank, then the police not reacting properly to the situation.
Tra ie December 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
So now we question the training and professionalism of the local police or school administrators????? How about this - teach your children how to treat others, morals, compassion - RIGHT from WRONG!!!! Did you ever consider that the student being accused of this rumor may be telling the truth. Maybe this student doesn't "hang" with the "in" crowd. Maybe this student is just an easy target. How about we teach our children that there are consequences for their actions instead of as long as you get the most yards in a game or shoot the most 3 pointers on the court you can get away with anything!!!!! If you don't trust the authorities, do what comes naturally to parents today - "sue" someone - get them fired!!!!! Lets just teach our children right from wrong!!
clint eastwood December 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I know every one is on high alert but did you read ... There is no EVIDENCE their are laws that need followed if someone at your work told your boss they heard RUMORS that you were going to set fire to the bld but there was nothing to show you said this. Would you still being saying what you are now if the police came in an pulled you out arrested you and the boss fired you? I'm sure if there is any evidence or truth found in the rumors an arrest would be made an actions will be taken. I'm sure most of the officers also have children in school too .
Mike Jones (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I'm not sure why some readers are questioning whether the police and school district are taking this seriously. I think their reactions shows they're taking it very seriously. Devin said they talked to a student about this rumor, but that doesn't mean it's the only thing they have done in this investigation. When I was in high school, I was called to the principal's office after a person named Mike Jones slipped him a paper about a rumored threat. I had absolutely no clue what he was talking about, and I was telling him the truth. It turned out to be the other Mike Jones in the high school who sent it to him.
same old story December 19, 2012 at 01:46 PM
TRA IE, MY KIDS KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. IT'S THE OTHER FOLKS THAT HAVE MY CONCERN. COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT AND GOVT. FACTIONS ARE NOT THE BEST AT TELLING THE WHOLE STORY.
FunnyMoney December 19, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Do you think the Chief of Police is telling you "everything" they have done or know or what they have done with this information. If you do I have some nice real estate in the everglades you may want to buy. Nobody is going to give you all the information they have so it can be posted on internet boards and the like. They have been investigating this for over two weeks apparently and you think the only information they have fits into a two to three sentence statement...lol. They said they have nothing to substantiate this threat but are going to be on heightened alert. By saying he not going to over react doesnt mean they are giong to do nothing at all. Some people need to get a grasp on reality here. They will do something but they certainly arent going to release it to the press in advance..If they "over react" based upon some of the responses here I wonder what the "general public" will do. If you have no faith at all in anyone but the FBI, County Police or State Police why are you sending your kids to school at all those three entities will be LAST on scene if god forbid there is ever an incideent at the school. If that is not satisfactory to you then I have two words for you "HOME SCHOOL".
same old story December 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
NOTHING IN THE CHARTERS VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS SWEPT UNDER THE RUG. LOL. GET A GRIP ABOUT REALITY. THE SITUATION IS TO POLITICAL. IF THE KID WHOM IS STARTING THIS IS FROM ONE OF THE CHOSEN FAMILES, YOU KNOW NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.
rose altvater December 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Instability breeds instability....Sadly, many kids are in todays world, and there are horrible parents that don't get them the attention they need....All threats must be taken seriously...Can you imagine the repercussions if they don't ? Unreal....
Gasket December 19, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Shut up you ignoramouses notin gonna happen
Think People! December 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Been here done that..... People who WANT TO commit suicide.....just do it. They don't usually show signs or tell anyone. The ones that talk about suicide just want attention, want stopped.......same goes for school shootings. Name one time that a school warned of a shooting? They don't want stopped or saved. They just do it. When you hear of a rumor of a possible shooting its normally drama, or punks that think its funny....but all-in-all RUMORS!!!! Chill people. If it does happen in your school.....you'll never know until some crazy idiot does it. This RUMOR that is going around in CV is a bunch of punks that are trying to get a day off.......been dealing with this craziness in Carlynton for well over 15 years.
Think People! December 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
and I'll never forget the "pipe bomb" some CHILD left in a bathroom......it was a regular metal pipe with end caps...nothing more......but this educated child....left his fingerprints all over it. He wanted a "day off".........I think it's right to be cautious.....but to get these kids involved in this babble is wrong on the parents part. Teenagers ARE drama....why give them more?!?!?
Tra ie December 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Well stated FunnyMoney.
Just sayin December 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Everything short of the FBI has been done on this issue nothing has been substantiated! It is what it is punks putting this on someone who don't deserve it just so they can get a day off from school!

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