Lower Saucon Township Police are closer to solving a case involving an email threatening a school shooting that was sent to approximately 350 Saucon Valley eighth and ninth grade students Tuesday, acting district superintendent Dr. Susan Mowrer-Benda said in an email to parents Wednesday.
The email was from someone who in it threatened to “shoot up da school,” although school won’t resume in Saucon Valley for another 12 days.
It also included misspelled and profane language that Mowrer-Benda decoded as an expression of “anger for having to complete the online Digital Citizenship Course prior to the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.”
“Together, the school district and the Lower Saucon Police Department have identified the IP address from which the email was sent,” she said. “The Lower Saucon Police are currently leading the investigation and following all procedures to identify and locate the sender of the email.”
The police are investigating the case as one of terroristic threats, according to a department news release.
With fall sports practices and scrimmages now taking place, Mowrer-Benda said all campus activities will continue as scheduled, but with a heightened presence on campus by local law enforcement.
She added that the district will continue to update parents on the status of the investigation.
On social media Tuesday there was an outpouring of concern over the threat from parents and students in the district, some of whom said they won’t feel safe returning to school. Others said they will now consider homeschooling their children.
Anyone with information about the case should call township police at 610-317-6110.