Police investigating 3rd threat at Fox Chapel schools - FoxChapel

Police investigating 3rd threat at Fox Chapel schools

Monday, November 11, 2019 | 7:53 AM


Heightened security continues at Fox Chapel Area School District after officials were alerted to a threat Monday, the third in the past month.

Classes were not canceled as the report was vague and deemed not credible, Bonnie Berzonski, district coordinator of communications, said.

High school classes were canceled previously on Oct. 24 and Nov. 6 after bomb scares were reported to the state’s Safe2Say tip line.

The most recent threat was reported to school officials just after 6 a.m. today. It pertained only to the high school, Berzonski said.

“This indirect threat was investigated as quickly as possible,” she said.

O’Hara police Superintendent Scott Slagel was not immediately able to be reached for comment. The high school is along Field Club Road in O’Hara.

A message was also left for Superintendent Gene Freeman.

Berzonski said a robocall and email were blasted to district parents this morning.

She said they take the reports seriously but do not want to keep disrupting classes for threats that are not genuine.

Extra security measures have been put in place and include limiting the number of doors available for students and staff to enter through and contracting more security personnel for patrols.

School Resource Officer Kevin Carney and district Security Coordinator Joe Kozarian are based out of the high school every day, she said.

Teachers, Berzonski said, are being more restrictive with hall passes too.

“It’s just an extra effort to keep an eye on everyone and know where every student is at all times,” she said.

The district does not take non-credible threats lightly, and school police are working with local officers to investigate each of the threats to find the people responsible, she said.