Central York District parent Linda Veras-Lopez, center, leans her head on her 14-year-old son Tyler Shields’ shoulder during a press conference outside the Springettsbury Township Police Department Thursday. Veras-Lopez said she plans to attend every press conference because she wants updates on the police investigation into threats made to the school district earlier this week. (Chris Dunn/York Daily Record)
the week since the Florida school shooting that claimed 17 lives, Pennsylvania police forces and school districts are changing the way they respond to threats made on social media. Schools have closed and charges have been filed against teens who have made suspicious posts online.
In York County, Central York School District has been closed for two days as police seek to learn who posted threatening messages online.
“I feel at a loss– I feel sad,” said Barb Harcourt, a first grade teacher in the district who says the threats against schools have gotten worse in recent years, but nobody seems to know what can be done about it.