A Lehigh County high school was closed Friday morning due to posts on TikTok warning of gunfire and bomb threats to schools across the country.
The threats put parents, students and school officials across the United States and our region on high alert Thursday.
The Emmaus Police Department and the East Penn School District have decided to fire Emmaus High School earlier to “keep the students safe”. Teams of administrators and police evacuated classrooms one area at a time and escorted students to buses and / or parking lots.
The East Penn School District said the lockdown was a “precautionary measure” because of the messages.
The police are at the school to help. “The Stinger” school newspaper reports parents were picking up students before the lockdown began at around 10:20 am
Bethlehem area school district superintendent Joseph Roy said the district was aware of the problem and was in constant contact with police to monitor safety.
We are aware of the tic toc school safety problem and in constant contact with our law enforcement partners to monitor safety. Any concerns should be directed to the police or directly to your school principal. @BethlehemAreaSD
– Joseph Roy (@BASDSUPT) December 17, 2021
The Allentown School District, in a letter to families in the district, said it was monitoring the situation closely and taking the safety and security of students and staff very seriously.
The district said it would work directly with the Allentown Police Department to ensure any reported threats are properly investigated.
The district says if a child or parent becomes aware of a potential threat on social media or elsewhere, they should immediately notify a school staff member or submit an anonymous report through Safe2Say at 1-844-SAF2SAY Where safe2saypa.org.
Easton Area School District Superintendent David Piperato in a message to the community posted on the district’s website said the district did not think the TikTok social media threat was credible but that it was monitoring the situation closely.
Piperato said the district will have an increased police presence in and around its buildings on Friday as an added precaution. Piperato said if a parent or child is aware of a potential threat, they should immediately notify a school staff member or trusted adult.
Pennsylvania State Police say people can report suspicious activity with the See Send app. Tips can also be sent to [email protected] or by phone at 888-292-1919.