BHS Student Charged for Incident Last Week that Led to Early Dismissal
A Bristol Borough School District student was officially charged for an incident reported last week at the borough’s high school.
It was the third incident of the week, the second involving junior high-high school students in the school district.
Borough officials said this specific incident led to the early dismissal of students from the high school last Wednesday, but the potential alleged threat was unfounded.
The student was charged with disorderly conduct, police said.
Police and school district officials said students at the high school participated in a general assembly on “school threats” to process the incidents and offer students guidance and direction on the consequences of threatening language.
Officer in Charge Sgt Joe Moors spoke with students about issues related to threats at the assembly Friday
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Shaffer said the alleged threat proved to be unfounded, with students dismissed early as a precautionary measure
These are serious matters, Shaffer said, and we need to deal with them accordingly. Thankfully we have a great working relationship with the police department, so we can insure the safety of students, teachers, and staff at our schools.
Moors thanked the school district and students for sending in the tips to alert officials of potential incidents and also pointed to the work and support of the Bucks County District Attorney’s office and the Department of Juvenile Probation.
“We all worked together on these incidents and hopefully for students and their families these kinds of incidents will stop happening in our schools. Its become a national plague of sorts,” Moors said.
Case in point, unfounded threats through social media were reported to Bensalem and Bristol Township school and police officials on Friday. For each alleged incident, officials from each municipality, said to the threat reports were unfounded. .
And late Monday night Bristol Township Police were investigating an alleged threat made towards Bucks County Technical High School. As of 11 pm, school officials said in a statement police believe there is no active threat against the school “but out of an abundance of caution,” a heavy police presence will be on school grounds Tuesday.
Mayor Joe Saxton who oversees police operations, said beefed up patrols at and in the schools will take place including walk through’s by officers during school hours when not tied up on calls.
We’re all aware of what’s been going in schools throughout the nation, and Bristol has bot been exempt from that, Saxton said.
Thankfully no one was hurt or injured, he said.
An an increased police presence at the schools to remind everyone the department is available, is a proactive safety measure the department will be implementing, the Mayor said.
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