Western Pa. school taking precautions after threat

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Uniformed state and local police have been patrolling a western Pennsylvania high school, where backpacks have also been banned for the day in the wake of a threatened shooting.

Central Cambria Superintendent Vincent DiLeo says the district, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh, isn’t just pushing the threat “under the rug.”

The precautions were in place Friday because officials found the threat written on a rest room wall at Central Cambria High School near Ebensburg on April 23. The threat specifically referenced May 3 — the day before the school’s prom.

School officials say about 100 students asked to be excused from classes. The district sent parents a letter advising that students who skipped classes Friday would still be allowed to attend Saturday’s prom.

Police will also staff the dance.

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