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Officials: Threat at Windber school deemed not credible

September 9, 2018

Classes were canceled in the Windber Area School District Friday because of an alleged threat. The closure was announced Thursday night on the school’s website.

Windber Borough police determined early Friday afternoon that the threat was “not credible,” according to police Chief Andy Frear.

The whole department was involved in the investigation, he said.

School officials decided to go ahead with a planned varsity football game Friday night and resume classes on a normal schedule Monday, Superintendent Joseph Kimmel said Friday. Windber has about 1,200 students.

Details about the alleged threat were not disclosed Friday by school officials or the police.

On Friday Kimmel read a statement to the press.

“First I’d like to thank the parents and students who alerted us of this alleged threat. The school district has been working diligently with our school resource officer and law enforcement officials to resolve this situation,” he read.

He then read the police’s findings that the alleged threat was not credible.

Calling the news welcoming, he continued that there will be “a stronger police presence” during athletic events and classroom activities indefinitely.

“We realize that the school closing has created uncertainty and anxiety amongst most of you,” he said. “As a result of resources that the school board allowed us to have in place, we have additional counseling services available.

Kimmel encouraged parents to talk to their children and use the resources on the school’s website.

“We are also assured by the daily presence of our school resource officer, Vince Mock, as he has extensive background experience as a retired state police officer,” he said.

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