CORRECTION: Police Investigating Text Threat Circulating Among Students

A text threat sent by a student from another district apparently went viral among the student body at several schools, prompting police involvement.

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.


Original story:

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.

peace in norristown December 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
don't these damm people have nothing better to do with there time, damm come on, the wnpd should be other places helping other people in need. what dumb ass people. i hope they catch you and throw you in jail ,,, instead of making threats maybe your dumb ass should open a book. if you can read...what a loser...
Us Citzen December 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
The problem of this is that the government puts the laws on what we can and can't do with our children. If your kid gets out of line u can't hit them, Well let me tell you I am very strick with my kids and I will beat there asses, This all starts at home and until these parents stop having children to get a check and start raising there as there humans this will never stop. These are our kids our future. Get it together and QUICK.
Peace December 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Not sure where all this information came from, but some of this information is inaccurate. You need to check your sources instead of playing into the madness.
Us Citzen December 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
What news may that be?
teresa December 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Peace in Norristown. Maybe you should go read a book. Cause your spelling sucks & so your grammer
teresa December 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Us I so agree with you.
Us Citzen December 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Thank you teresa.
BunnyFooFoo December 21, 2012 at 08:39 PM
It's "grammar" and you're missing a word in there as well as your end punctuation. Be careful when you try to show your superiority.
AWITCHOFAMOM December 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I moved out of Norristown many years ago and while I lived there I home schooled my son. He was running the streets and smoking stuff and hanging with the wrong crowd, soon as we moved he faught me boy oh boy did he fight me but at the end of the day hes now an honor student, doesnt smoke follows the house rules. Its a shame that parents are in a position where they can not discipline their children without catchin a case.
James Myers (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The information came from West Norriton Police, several parents and FB commenters and Dr. Samuels, the school superintendent. Since this post has gone up, I've heard from several students and parents that they were not all ushered in through one entryway and were not checked with wands. I'm following up to get to the root of the incongruity. If there was any other info you feel is incorrect, please let me know.
Eve December 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Teresa - You should check your spelling and grammar also.
imjustsaying December 22, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Well i really don't think it starts from home cause you got some parents out here that is hard on their kids and i mean real hard, like this kid is not allowed to do nothing. But once this child gets around his friends he is a different person, so we can't always bla
imjustsaying December 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Sorry got cut off but we can't always blame it on the parents
imjustsaying December 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Also as far as the school goes they don't check the kids that go there. If you read tge story it says they don't have metal detectors i blame the school cause they allow it to go on.
teresa December 23, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Well please forgive my phone, for its auto-correct. I did spell grammar wrong. And also forgot my period. Sorry. But mines wasn't as bad as the one I made a comment to. Thanks......


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