This message is a follow-up to Mars Area School District’s report sent out earlier this evening (Tuesday, Sept. 17) of an inflammatory text message threatening violence at Mars Area Middle School.
Upon notification of the threat, the District immediately contacted Adams Township Police Department. Through their immediate investigation, police officials have identified and arrested the individual responsible for the message and have determined the threat to be “non-credible."
Classes at all District schools will resume on schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 18. As a precautionary measure, an increase security presence, including armed school police officers and additional security personnel, will be in place at Mars Area Middle School on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Mars Area School District will continue to take any and all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff members.
Parents/guardians are, once again, reminded that any student(s) involved in conduct that interferes with the educational program of the District’s schools or threatens the health and safety of others will face disciplinary action in accordance with District policy. The student will be referred to local law enforcement to face criminal charges, prosecution, and restitution for any costs incurred by local first responders and the District as a result of these threats.
Mars Area School District WILL NOT tolerate any threats to the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff members, our schools, or to the District. Such threats not only cause an unnecessary disruption to the school day; but also come with serious consequences that may include expulsion; hefty fines; and even jail time.
The District is sharing this information with the hope that we may dissuade any students from making similar threats. Parents/guardians are encouraged to please talk with your children about the serious consequences that may result from making such threats.
Mars Area School District would like to thank our local police and other law enforcement personnel for their quick and diligent response as well as for their continued support of the District’s efforts to ensure a safe and secure educational environment for our students, faculty and staff members. The District would also like to thank our students, parents, and teachers/staff members for their patience and cooperation as we worked to resolve this matter.
Dr. Wesley W. Shipley