MERCERSBURG, Pa. - All students and staff of James Buchanan High School were searched on their arrival to the building Monday morning, with heightened security in place due to what school officials called "an anonymous and somewhat obscure security threat."
Letters distributed at the end of last week and posted on the Tuscarora School District's Web site outlined security measures, including the confiscation of all cell phones, backpacks and book bags Monday and today. Those items will be returned Wednesday.
"We didn't have too many protests. Some of the students were apprehensive about giving up their cell phones," said Sgt. Bill Sheppard of the Mercersburg Police Department.
One student refused to turn over his cell phone and was disciplined, district Superintendent Rebecca Erb said.
Today, searches will continue and students are prohibited from driving to school.
Approximately 1,000 people passed through metal detectors like the ones used in courthouses Monday, Erb said.