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Threat found on Berlin bathroom stall

February 27, 2019

Police said that a threat found on a Berlin Brothersvalley Middle School bathroom stall does not seem to be credible.

Berlin Officer-in-Charge Rodney Norman said that a student found the threat in a boy’s room near the end of the school day Tuesday.

Norman said it was a “threatening message” but not one directed at anyone in particular. He declined to say what the message said.

“It wasn’t a direct threat,” he said. “It wasn’t like a bomb threat. It was a threat but not anything that we considered viable.”

He said that police reviewed school surveillance footage from the day but hadn’t identified any suspects.

The volume of students on camera going into the bathroom complicated the matter, he said.

“It could have been anybody,” he said. “It could have been somebody that used the bathroom at an after-school activity.”

The amount of time that the threat was on the stall is also not clear.

“We weren’t sure how long it had been there. It looked a little faded,” he said. “We don’t know how long it had been there, and it was just now noticed.”

He said that school activity was not affected by the investigation, which is ongoing.

“We are trying other avenues,” he said. “We’re still looking into it, but I don’t really think that it is a viable threat.”

District Superintendent David Reeder did not return a cellphone message seeking comment Tuesday.