Pennsylvania high school closed after shooting, district says

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Erie High School in Pennsylvania was on lockdown Tuesday morning after a shooting, according to the district.

“Only one individual at Erie High School was shot,” the city of Erie said just after 10 a.m. in a Tweeter. This person is in good condition, the city added.

Police said at a news conference around 11 a.m. they did not believe there was still a threat on campus. They declined to say if anyone was in custody.

Erie Public Schools said in a statement more than two hours after announcing the shooting that the building was secure and there were no active threats.

Counselors would be made available to pupils at a nearby arts centre, and the school will be closed before spring break, which begins next week.

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A Pennsylvania State Police trooper at the scene of a shooting at Erie High School.WICU

In an earlier Facebook statement, Erie Public Schools urged people to “STAY AWAY FROM THE AREA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.”

The district added that it is working to coordinate parent pickups. Buses were also available to take the children home.

“The evacuation by orderly removal will begin as soon as the district is cleared to do so by the Erie Police Department,” the school system later added.

In a statement, Erie Mayor Joe Schamberr said the shooting was “very saddening.”

“Schools should be safe places where children learn and grow,” he wrote. “I know this is hard for parents to hear. But remember: all students are now safe!”

Erie Education Association president Mary Theuerkauf chastised the school district for not having safety measures in place.

“For years, we have required the administration of the City of Erie School District and school principals to confront the multitude of security threats our staff have presented to them. Each time, we are told: “it will take time, we are working on it”, she wrote in a press release, according to Erie News Now.

“No bureaucracy is worth a human life. We will not sit idly by another day until the safety of our students and staff is properly addressed,” she said.

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