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At least 1 student responsible for Easton Area school threat

Easton Area Middle School went into a lockdown until the threat was found be to a “prank,” an official said.

Easton Area School District officials were continuing to investigate a threat found Friday in a boys’ lavatory, district police Chief John Remaley said Saturday.

The discovery led to a modified lockdown until a determination could be made on the viability of the threat. 

“It became very obvious early on that there was no viable threat, that it was probably student-based,” said Remaley, who is also director of safe schools for the district. 

A review of security cameras isolated at least one student responsible, but the investigation was ongoing to see if anyone else was involved in what Remaley labeled a prank.

The student identified was not immediately charged with any crime. 

“There’s a potential for it,” Remaley said. “It’s a serious matter.”

Students remained in their classrooms during the initial investigation that showed an evacuation of the Forks Township building was unwarranted, said Remaley, who credited Principal Charlene Symia and staff for being “right on top of it.”

“Our administrators and our school police took the threat very seriously and quickly worked to thoroughly investigate the situation,” Symia said in a phone message to parents Friday evening. “We have identified the student who wrote the note and the threat has been determined to have been false.

“Please be assured that at no time were our students and staff members in any danger because it was quickly determined to be a non-credible threat.”

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The incident follows back-to-back Friday threats at Bethlehem Area high schools that led to evacuations each time. Liberty High School was cleared Oct. 6, in an incident that led to charges against a sophomore and junior. Freedom High School was evacuated Oct. 13. Each involved a bomb threat found written in a restroom.

Remaley said going into a lockdown for the initial phase of an investigation can be safer for students and sow less panic among the school community, such as that caused by students texting or phoning parents to say they’re evacuating.

“Certainly if it was determined that there was any kind of potential for this thing being genuine, there are procedures in place to immediately evacuate the building,” Remaley said.

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