Threatening note found in Dallas Middle School; students sent to high school

By Eileen Godin - | October 12th, 2017 10:40 am

DALLAS TWP. — A threatening note found in a stall of the boys’ restroom at the Dallas Middle School caused students to be taken to the high school Thursday morning, according to an automated phone message from Principal Jeffrey Shaffer.

Dallas School District Superintendent Thomas Duffy confirmed a note was written on a wall of the stall but added the threat had “low credibility.”

Dallas Township Assistant Police Chief Douglas Higgins and Duffy did an initial walk-through of the middle school and found “nothing out of place,” Duffy said.

The Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and completed a building inspection with bomb-sniffing dogs. The school was cleared and students returned to their regular schedules after noon.

Shaffer is reviewing surveillance camera footage of the hallway and questioning students to find the perpetrator, Duffy said. The student will face disciplinary action by the district and possible felony charges for threatening students, faculty and staff.

Dallas Middle School. (Eileen Godin | Times Leader file photo) Middle School. (Eileen Godin | Times Leader file photo)

By Eileen Godin

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