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James Buchanan students face restrictions after bathroom wall threat

December 03, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - James Buchanan High School students are prohibited from driving to school Tuesday in light of what school officials have called "an anonymous and somewhat obscure security threat."

The Mercersburg Police Department, in a news release, said it is investigating a message written in a boys bathroom and found Thursday.

The message did not describe a specific act, police said.

Local officers as well as those from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and Pennsylvania State Police will be conducting searches of both facilities and the school's population starting this morning, according to information posted on the Tuscarora School District Web site, www.tus.k12.pa.us.

Search dogs will be brought in at the end of school today, then the building will be on lockdown overnight.

The threat prompted the cancellation or relocation of all of today's athletic events.

No backpacks, book bags or cell phones will be permitted today or Tuesday. District officials said those items will be confiscated.

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"School attendance is required in Pennsylvania. Obviously, parents may choose to not send their students to school. If they do so, it will be recorded as an absence," district officials wrote in a news release.

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