Student Threat against Teacher Brings Police to Parkland High School

South Whitehall Police were at Parkland High School Monday morning as a precaution, school spokeswoman says.


South Whitehall police were at Parkland High School Monday morning as a precaution, following an unspecified threat to a teacher by a student, district spokeswoman Nicole McGalla said.

"They were just there as a precautionary measure," McGalla said.

The threat was made to a teacher Sunday night. She said police were able to identify the student, who was not in school and who was not expected to be.

Police and school officials limited the entry points into the building to two to make sure the student didn't enter. She said the school will likely continue to limit entry points.

High School Principal James Moniz sent an email to parents to alert them to the situation. 

JustOneShouting January 14, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Unbelievable... Parkland knew about the threat last night but waited until 9:00 this morning to alert the parents. I dropped off my kid at the High School at aprox 7:25 AM and saw NO POLICE. Students were entering the school through the Main entrance, the Cafateria AND the Auditorium.
UGH! January 14, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Also, I called the school because my child was frightened with all the police activity this morning, and they just flat out lied to me. Nice.
melissa d January 14, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Let's hope they had the kid in custody by this morning, and that's why we were not in lock-down.
Amanda Ritter January 14, 2013 at 09:20 PM
That is SWPD for you
Raye Kwan22 January 14, 2013 at 09:50 PM
If this student is not in police custody, then what? Will they continue to limit access to the building to keep the students and staff safe? It would be nice to know more at this point.
Amanda Ritter January 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM
That is SWPD for you
NoMoreBrutalityFTP January 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Wow a teacher was threatened by a rap written online by a pissed off student that was angry at a stupid school rule. A+ Job on bringing in the entire SWPD, they could've probably been doing better things with their time like handing out speeding tickets and confiscating weed from 13 year olds.
Jenn January 15, 2013 at 04:19 AM
This is a tough situation all around. My daughter goes to Parkland and said it was obvious that something was going on as soon as she walked up to school. I would like more details before I render judgement. I wish there was more information on how serious the threat was. I really hope that it wasn't an overreaction. The administration is in a very difficult situation. I guess they air on the side of caution. I just wish the message sent out wasn't so ambiguous. I do have confidence in our new principal though.
UGH! January 15, 2013 at 04:34 AM
There are going to be a lot of rumors that circulate, and we may never know what EXACTLY happened. However, like Jenn said, it was apparent as soon as the kids walked up to the school that "something" was going on. My daughter texted me immediately--kids are scared! When I called to see what was going on, I was told "new procedures" were just being put into place. As if this was going to be an every day thing. I realize that they probably couldn't tell me right away what was happening, because the power of technology is out there, and one text could cause some hysteria, BUT..these kids were not informed until 9th period of what was going on. I had already texted my daughter...I know texting is not allowed, but you can be darn sure that if something is "going on" we are going to have a somewhat open line of communication. These kids KNEW something was awry, but were kept in the dark most of the day. These aren't elementary kids, they are high schoolers that see the news, and know what is going on in this world. I don't think it was right that they had to worry unnecessarily and I really do think it could have been handled a little better.
John January 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Don't worry parents, this summer we had an emergency drill, and now we have policies in place...yet, when a high school kid tweets revenge on a teacher, all hell breaks loose. Why, when this incident occurred at night, weren't authorities sent to the students home? Disrupting an entire school WAITING for the perpetrator to arrive? Wow, that's comforting! Wouldnt it make more sense to proactively address this issue AWAY from a building with 4000 students, rather than reactively send the infantry to protect the castle? Just the thoughts from another misinformed bystander..
Laura K January 15, 2013 at 03:20 PM
John I agree with you! My son goes to that school as well. They should have done something sooner. I stressed all day not knowing the outcome. As for the student that made a threat well he should be punished to the fullest extent. I don't care how he did it or if he said it out of anger! Bottom line he shouldn't be so disrespectful to an adult and threatening someone is not a joke in anyway and shouldn't be taken lightly. I know its only my opinion but that is how I feel. Things like that shouldn't be taking lightly because we don't know what the person is really thinking or mental state of this person really is. I don't feel the school overacted I think they should have done something sooner and kept parents informed of the situation and not leave us hanging.
Jenn January 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Laura, let's not emotion get the bet of us. The information thus far, as little as it is, is that an unspecific threat was made. He tweeted a rant about a teacher he was upset with. It sounds like he crossed a line. The administration had to air on the side of caution. "Punished to the fullest extent"...really? That sounds sounds like an overreaction. Here are a couple questions...was it the first time he has made threats? What is his history? He he normally a good kid that happened to have a bad night? Let's not jump to conclusions before all the facts are in. How about that wacky school that suspended the 6 year old for making a gun with his hand. We can take things too far and that wouldn't be good for anyone.
Wanda Porillo January 15, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Instead of bitching why don't you help to 'solve '. People always throwing stones at police trying to keep our children safe not very productive! Go to meetings with the schools, townships etc. Help to make a difference and until then, stop your complaining!
Wanda Porillo January 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I agree with you Jenn.
dianna karina escalante March 29, 2013 at 08:27 PM
fuck school i wanne a change of school i hate ms trejo


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