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Written Threat Forces Temporary Evacuation Of North Hills Senior High School

Police investigation continues, high school has reopened.

A written threat was discovered on a restroom wall of the Friday. According to a statement issued on the North Hills School District web site, the was immediately notified and swiftly assessed the incident.   

As a precaution, the senior high was evacuated to the – during this time police officers and building safety team members canvassed the building.  Upon completion of the search, senior high students and staff returned to the building.  

“As always, we appreciate the swift and professional response from the Ross Township Police Department,” Mr. John Kreider, North Hills Senior High principal, said.  “We value their partnership and expertise in helping to keep our schools and community safe.”

No weapons or other items of concern were found. The incident will be investigated further in order to identify the individual responsible. 

“Our first priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff. Therefore, please know that in addition to district-imposed disciplinary action up to and including expulsion the North Hills School District will work cooperatively with the local police to pursue criminal charges against anyone threatening the safety of our schools and, most importantly, our students and staff,” Dr. Patrick J. Mannarino, superintendent, said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Mr. Kreider at 412-318-1402 orkreiderj@nhsd.net or the Ross Township Police Department at 412-931-9070.  In addition, information can be reported on the district’s anonymous tip-line 412-318-1111. 

Stephanie Davis June 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
This has happened at least one other time at the Sr. High. And then there are drug lock downs at the Jr. High. Hope situation doesn't escalate.
HMBS June 01, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Stephanie, drug lock downs? Do you mean that they lock the school down and search lockers, etc. for drugs?
Stephanie Davis June 02, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Everyone must stay in their classrooms while dogs and police are brought into the school to search lockers. It is a lock down while the search occurs- no one can leave the school. I was at the jr. high when a previous threatening note was found in a sr. high bathroom (after a weekend of makeup testing). In that case, students were evacuated to the jr. high. Multiple evacuations seem to be happening every year. A concern is that my oldest son will be in 7th grade next year. There seem to be a lot of fights and drug searches going on at the jr. high according to a friend who works there. I'm considering private schools. Also a lot of fights at the sr. high- don't know about drugs.
HMBS June 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
That's crazy! I went to North Hills (Jr. and Sr. High) and it was not like that then. My son is in elementary school but attends a private school - might keep him there if this does not turn around! Thanks for the detailed response!

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