Donegal High School Lockdown Lifted After Alleged Threat, Increased Police Presence Expected

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MOUNT JOY, PA — Tension ran high at Donegal High School on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, when officials discovered a threatening note in a school bathroom that led to an immediate lockdown. The Susquehanna Regional Police Department (SRPD) and the school administration acted swiftly to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Upon receiving information about the alleged threat, officers immediately initiated a thorough search of the school premises. The lockdown concluded shortly after 2:00 PM when SRPD determined that it was safe to resume normal activities.

The incident spotlights the seriousness with which local authorities treat any potential threats to school facilities. “Safety is always our top priority, and we are confident that everyone is safe,” stated officials from both the police department and the school district.

To ensure continued security, there will be an increased police presence on campus for the rest of the week. Officials are urging parents to discuss the gravity of making threats with their children, reminding them that causing a lockdown through a threat is a third-degree felony. They also encouraged students to speak up if they have any knowledge of threats being made.

Assistance during the incident came from multiple sources, including the Pennsylvania Constables, Lancaster County Sheriff K-9s and handlers, and Mount Joy Borough Police.

Despite the disruption, the commitment to safety from all involved has been commended by the community. As always, it’s crucial to remember that an investigation is still ongoing, and any allegations made are not declarations of guilt.

We will continue to monitor this story closely, providing updates as more information becomes available.

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