February 20, 2019

Line Mountain closed Monday – Sunbury Daily Item

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The Daily Item

The Line Mountain School District is closed today as the investigation continues into a threat that led to a lockdown on Friday.

The district announced on Sunday that, “After discussion with the state police, because last Friday’s swatting investigation is not complete, the Line Mountain S.D. will be closed Monday.” 

The initial threat and subsequent response to a report of an active shooter at Line Mountain High School and Middle School led to a lockdown across the entire district, including Trevorton Elementary School, at about 2 p.m. Friday.

State police spokesman Trooper Rick Blair reported there was no active shooter, only the threat of a shooting at Line Mountain Middle-High School, and that it was a “swatting incident.”

Swatting is a form of harassment where an anonymous threat is made, forcing law enforcement to respond.

Neighboring school districts Shikellamy, Shamokin and Mount Carmel all locked down schools at the request of Northumberland County 911 during the investigation.

Line Mountain students were held at the school until as late as 5 p.m Friday, when the elementary students were released to go home.

. dismissed at 4:10 p.m. Students who drove to school at Line Mountain were permitted to leave by 4:30 p.m. Parents were told that their children would be driven home by bus.

All after-school activities were postponed.

Police announced at 2:08 p.m. over emergency radio communications that the reports of an active shooter were “negative.”

“The threat was made from Indiana and has been verified by authorities in that state. It was aimed specifically at Line Mountain High School,” police said.

Line Mountain School Board president Troy Laudenslager said a district-wide message alerted parents that the school had been locked down.

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