Williamsburg schools closed Friday due to threat

Williamsburg Community School District schools are closed today after a threat by a 17-year-old student to take a gun to school.

State police in Hollidaysburg said another identified student was the target of the threat.

School district officials contacted state police at 9 p.m. Thursday about the statement made by the student about bringing a gun into the high school, and the 17-year-old male was taken into custody at home at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

The student will be transported to a juvenile detention facility and charges are pending, state police said.

The school district issued a statement about a threat early Friday morning.

“Due to a threat that was made to the high school today that has not yet been verified, the Williamsburg Community School District is CLOSED today, March 9, 2018. This closure is for both the elementary and high school buildings. Thank you for understanding as safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” a district Facebook post stated.

Williamsburg superintendent Lisa Murgas issued this statement to the Mirror: “The District was notified late last night of a potential threat to our High School today. The District immediately notified the Pennsylvania State Police who then started their investigation. The decision was made to close school today because it was uncertain if the credibility of the threat could be verified before students arrived at school today. The safety of our students and staff at the Williamsburg Community School District is always our top priority. This is an ongoing investigation and the District will fully cooperate with law enforcement.”