Bomb threat shuts down high school

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Classroom banter resulted in an emergency rollout of security precautions at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School on Wednesday.

Explosives are nothing to joke about, Hollidaysburg Assistant Police Chief David Gehret said.

“We got the call at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. There was a kid in the classroom clowning around with someone and said there was going to be another school delay tomorrow because he put C4 explosives in the cafeteria,” Gehret said.

The senior high school was temporarily put on lockdown; Hollidaysburg police interviewed the student; the sheriff’s bomb-sniffing dog was brought in; and the school’s security footage was reviewed.

“Out of safety for our students, we take every threat seriously,” Superintendent Bob Gildea said.

Hollidaysburg Area administrators sent this message to parents:

“Information was received this morning by senior high administration that a student had made a threat to peers. The threat was immediately investigated and found to be unsubstantiated. Regardless, proper safety precautions have been taken by the school district administration and borough police to ensure student and staff safety. The senior high school was placed on temporary lockdown while the situation was investigated. Again, the threat was unfounded and students are safe.”

Security footage showed the student entering the building without any suspicious activity.

“They have fabulous camera coverage of the grounds there,” Gehret said.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.