The Lackawanna Trail School District was on an administrative lock down on Thursday morning, for precautionary reasons in both buildings.
Although there was no immediate threat, the district maintained this status in the interest of student safety.
When the lock down ended it was communicated through the LTSD webpage and the REMIND notification system. Parents were asked to please refrain from calling the schools or central office for updates because it was important to keep the phone lines open.
The lockdown followed what Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas described as an “alleged outside threat” communicated by a person in another state on social media. He announced in a statement around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday that the lockdown was lifted.
Although there was no immediate threat, the district took the precautionary step of restricting student movement in both buildings pending an all-clear from law enforcement, Rakauskas said in a statement.
“All students are safe,” he said.
State police at Tunkhannock said the individual who made the alleged threat had been identified and described the investigation as ongoing.
The preliminary investigation found no direct threat to the district or its students, police said.
Rakauskas said in a statement released on the district website, “The Pennsylvania State Police and Dalton Police were instrumental in investigating this situation and sending additional law enforcement officers to both buildings during the administrative lockdown.
Wyoming County Emergency Management also offered support.”
It continued, “As Superintendent, my top priority is maintaining a safe school for our students. This morning the administration, faculty, staff, and law enforcement worked perfectly as a team to ensure all procedures were followed and our students were safe.”