UPDATE: [4:20 p.m.] Norristown Patch reported earlier about security measures taken at the high school Friday morning in response to threats police were investigating. Parents and students responding to the report noted that they had not seen any metal-detecting wands and students were not forced to enter through only one entryway at the school.
According to Norristown Area School Superintendent Dr. Janet Samuels, there was a miscommunication regarding the use of metal-detecting wands. Dr. Samuels confirmed with administrators at the high school that wands were not in fact used on any students. She also noted that students' arrival at school was monitored and went smoothly
According to Dr. Samuels, she visited the high school during the day and despite the earlier tension, there were no unusual incidents reported at the school today.
"It was actually a great day," said Dr. Samuels.
Authorities are investigating an "unspecified threat" received via text by a student and apparently circulating among student bodies at several districts on Friday.
According to Norristown Area School District Superintendent Dr. Janet Samuels, Norristown Area High School Principal Jeff Smith arrived at the high school before 7 a.m. Friday morning and was met by several officers from West Norriton Police Department. Police reportedly told Smith that they received a call from an area parent alerting them to a text her child received making threats about unspecified violence at the school on Friday.
Smith alerted the district about the incident and officers stayed on the scene to monitor the students' arrival.
"The safety and welfare of all of our children, we take very seriously," said Dr. Samuels. "It is our utmost priority."
Law enforcement and school administrators monitored the children as they were admitted to the school through only one specified entryway and metal-detecting wands were used to check for weapons.
Several students were reportedly interviewed and it was determined that the text threat originated from a student in another school district and was quickly circulated through the student body and possibly to other districts.
Officers continued their investigation at Central Montgomery County Area Vocational Technical School.
The text reportedly has spread to other districts as well, with Patch readers reporting threats to Emmaus, Council Rock and Lehighton Area high schools.
According to Northampton Patch, a 14-year-old student who allegedly made threats to randomly kill students and teachers at Council Rock High School was arrested and two guns were recovered from his bedroom. Police are charging him with making terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a minor. It is unclear at this time if the incidents are related.
Some parents, alarmed by rumors about the threats, took their children out of the high school today. Dr. Samuels urges parents to remain calm and has issued a district wide alert about the incident through the school's ConnectEd system.
A large police presence at Norristown Area High School Friday morning prompted parents to start asking questions about rumors of a threat to the school.
West Norriton Police Chief Dale Mabry confirmed that the high school received an "unspecified threat" today and while the school is not on lockdown, officers have been stationed there as an added precaution.
Threats have reportedly also been received at North Penn High School and Montco Tech. Other school districts may have also received threats.
Norristown Patch is awaiting confirmation and additional information from the school district and will update this story as it develops.