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West Jefferson Hills School District Cancels Classes Friday

JEFFERSON HILLS (KDKA) -- Rumors centered around threats are circulating in and around the West Jefferson Hills School District, prompting school officials to take action and police to get involved.

A letter from the superintendent was posted on the district's website Friday.

It reads in part: "At 11:15 on September 3, 2015, the district received an anonymous tip regarding a possible threat. The tip included a rumor of a possible shooting during a pep rally scheduled for today at the Thomas Jefferson High School."

Jefferson Hills Police are investigating and taking it seriously even though all they have now are anonymous phone calls and rumors.

The letter from the superintendent goes on to read: "As of 4:30 a.m. this morning, the local authorities were still trying to determine if there, in fact, was a threat to do harm. As such, it was decided to cancel school for today."

Ryan Doughty, of the South Hills told KDKA's Brenda Waters, "I think when you have a heads up, it's only right to respond and prepare to prevent something from happening."

That's the approach Jefferson Hills Police are taking as they try to get their arms around what is going on in the district.

Wednesday evening there was a rumor about a high school student talking about a bomb. Police were contacted and the high school building secured and searched with dogs. Nothing was found.
Classes were held Thursday, but things took a turn Thursday night. That's when the decision was made to cancel classes.

Police are hoping someone will come forward with something more than rumors and hearsay and report it to them or the district.

Students will be back in school on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday.

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