Shamokin PA

Verbal threat by SAHS student investigated

COAL TOWNSHIP — Police here are investigating a verbal threat made Wednesday morning by a Shamokin Area High School student at the school.

Principal Chris Venna said the inappropriate comments were made by the male freshman at about 8 a.m. After being made aware of the comments, Venna said a couple of students were interviewed and Coal Township police were notified.

Venna did not specify what comments were made, but said there was never any immediate threat to the safety of any students or staff at the high school.

“Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the student as per school policy,” Venna said.

Coal Township Detective Jeff Brennan said police received information from school officials about a verbal threat and are continuing their investigation.

Brennan said nobody was in any danger at the high school as a result of the incident.

The threat was made about 12 hours after Shamokin Area School Board took measures to improve security by promoting three part-time armed security guards to full-time status, approving active shooter training for teachers and staff and advertising for another full-time armed school security guard.

Additional measures such as installing more metal detectors and bullet-proof glass on windows and making access at the main entrance to the high school more restrictive also have been recommended by the district’s security committee and may be approved in the future.