Police beef up presence at Hanover Area after ‘implied threat’

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — Township police increased their presence both inside and outside Hanover Area Junior/ Senior High School on Friday after an “implied threat” surfaced online Thursday night.

Police said they were made aware of the threat about 10 p.m. Thursday. Specifically, it was a post made on Snapchat that warned of violence at Friday’s pep rally ahead of Homecoming celebrations.

A screen shot of the post from a cellphone stated:

“Hey, I just wanted you to know that many people have told me that there are boys planning to shoot up the school at the pep rally tomorrow. Please tell as many people as you can. It could be fake but also could be very real. I have heard the school does know but I thought you should too.”

Officers immediately started investigating, but noted the post contains no information related to Hanover Area schools.

“Officers have not been able to confirm the validity of the implied threat and while the post was shared, after the fact, by many local students, when the post was authored and by whom is still under investigation,” Hanover officers stated in a press release.

As a precautionary measure, the department not only maintained a beefed-up presence during the day at the high school, it was planning to do the same at tonight’s Homecoming parade and football game.

“We take every threat and implied threat of violence very seriously and this investigation will continue until the validity of the threat could be determined,” the release stated.

It did not mention anything about any incidents throughout the school day.

The high school principal and superintendent could not be reached late Friday afternoon.

However, there was an alert posted on the Hanover Area School District’s website to alert parents about what had occurred.

“A threat was made about the Pep Rally being held today. Extra police were added for security and all students were scanned through our metal detector to ensure student safety,” the alert stated.

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By Dan Stokes

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Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes

Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes