UPPER DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Cumberland Regional High School lifted its lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat was deemed not credible by State Police.
According to a trooper from the Bridgeton station, which responded to the incident, one student overheard another say something about blowing up the school and reported it to the administration.
Superintendent Steven Price said the school went into a “shelter-in-place,” in which all exterior doors are locked and contained and hallway activity is kept to a minimum, but teaching and other school functions continue.
The report came in to State Police at 10:47 a.m. Price said the shelter-in-place lasted just over an hour.
“There was an unconfirmed rumor of a statement that was made by a student. Just with the climate of today, we wanted to err on the side of caution,” Price said.
The district has not taken disciplinary action against any students, Price said. He said that may change depending on State Police actions.
State Police spokesman Trooper Alejandro Goez said the investigation is ongoing. He did not say if anyone was taken into custody or charged at this point.
During the lockdown, some parents on Facebook expressed concern that not enough information was provided about the incident. Price said parents were notified of the incident by a phone call about the investigation.
“We sent out a phone call to all parents stating that we had gone into a shelter-in-place to keep the students safe while we investigated a rumor,” he said.
After the threat was over, another phone call was sent to parents. Price said his first priority is to keep the students safe.
“We’re not going to spread gossip. We don’t share any information until we deem it credible. In this case if we had spread a rumor that we heard, we would have created much more angst than was necessary,” he said.
Price said any parents who did not receive a phone call from the district should contact the school to make sure their contact information is up to date.
“They have to give us a working phone number, and if parents change their phone numbers or change cellphones and that’s the number they gave us, then they won’t get a call,” Price said.