Central Cambria finds threat

EBENSBURG – A threat discovered Tuesday in a men’s restroom stall at Central Cambria High School has prompted district officials to increase police presence on campus.

Central Cambria School District Superintendent Vincent DiLeo declined to specify the type of threat received or any possible date mentioned in the message, citing an ongoing police investigation.

But students discussing the incident via social media said the threat warned of a possible school shooting on May 3, a day before the school’s senior prom.

In a letter sent home to parents Wednesday, DiLeo said the district was working with police to identify who made the threat.

“A written threat in a restroom was brought to the attention of high school administration on Tuesday, April 23, 2013,” DiLeo said in the letter. “In response, an investigation was initiated and police were contacted.”

The letter added, “Please be assured that student safety is our top priority.”

“We take all threats seriously and will exhaust all resources to determine who is responsible for this action and administer appropriate consequences,” the letter said.

The letter was sent home with all Central Cambria School District students, DiLeo said. The letter did not include specific information about the type or date of the threat.

DiLeo said the district hires off-duty police officers to cover all extracurricular events and said the threat would not derail any of the district’s scheduled activities.

On Tuesday, a group of students approached Stanley Klezek, assistant high school principal, and alerted him of the threat, DiLeo said.

High School Principal Kim McDermott spoke with students Tuesday afternoon to dispel rumors surrounding the threat, DiLeo said.

The threat comes about a month after the district conducted an active shooter simulation in conjunction with local and state law enforcement.

About 80 students, in addition to Central Cambria faculty and staff, participated in the drill on March 8 at the high school.

During the simulation, area police and Cambria County emergency personnel responded to a report of two active shooters and multiple casualties in the school.

Law enforcement officers from Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township police departments participated in the March simulation.

On Wednesday, DiLeo said officers from those three departments had increased their presence at the school following the threat.

“Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township police have been very cooperative in increasing their presence on campus in response to this situation,” DiLeo said.

The district is working with law enforcement officials to view hallway surveillance video to determine any possible suspects behind the threat, DiLeo said.