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Threat averted at Altoona High School


Altoona (WQOW) -- Another student could face charges for what police call a "non-credible threat" at Altoona High School, but some parents aren't happy with how it was handled.

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According to the Altoona Police Department, a student made a threat against the high school during their lunch hour Monday, saying "I am going to shoot up the school tomorrow." Altoona police said, after talking with witnesses, and the student who made the threat, they determined it was not credible, and students were not in any danger, hence classes going on as scheduled Tuesday.

Altoona Police said whether the threat is credible or not, they respond and take the situation seriously.

"Any threat made against any school, business, anywhere in the community, we take very credible and serious, regardless of what the circumstances may be," said Altoona Police Chief, Jesse James. "The individuals involved will be referred up for charges, they will school disciplinary action (sic), they will have to answer to their parents. So, there's multiple punishments that will probably come into play here with the student."

Parents of Altoona High School students received a letter from the principal last night, but since fourth through twelfth grade are all on the same campus, many parents questioned why the entire district was not notified. High School Principal, Jason LeMay, said only alerting the high school parents was a mistake.

"We are looking at right now how we could communicate out to, since it is a 4-12 campus, looking at communicating all the way down to the A.I.S. (Altoona Intermediate School) up through high school age, so they're aware, and then determining whether we even involve the elementary building in communications we send out," said LeMay. "That's not just at the high school, but when things happened at the middle school or A.I.S., those things are not always communicated up to the high school parents."

Police also told News 18 the student who made the threat is being referred to juvenile intake, and is awaiting formal charges.

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