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School district closed after online word of potential threat

January 27, 2020 GMT

PLUM, Pa. (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area school district has closed all schools Monday following a potential threat of violence received over the weekend.

Plum Borough police say the “non-specific” potential threat against Plum School District came Sunday from an online system for reporting anonymous tips run by the state attorney general’s office.

Police say the decision to close all district schools was made “in an abundance of caution” while police are investigating.

Police chief Lanny Conley told the Tribune-Review that it was a “generalized threat to shoot up the school.”

He said authorities couldn’t say for sure whether the threat had been eliminated or “if there was a legitimate threat at all,“ so the closure “was the precaution we came to with the school district.”

The district was closed after a threat in 2018. Six threats were received in spring 2017, resulting in charges against several students.