NEWS RELEASE - TERRORISTIC THREATS INVESTIGATION AT WYSHS/WYMS
Terroristic Threats Investigation – West York Senior High School/West York Middle School
The West Manchester Township Police Department (WMTPD) investigated an incident that involved threatening social media posts at the West York Senior High School (WYHS) and West York Middle School (WYMS) on April 1, 2021.
At about 1015, the West Manchester Township Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to WYHS and WYHS administrators were advised of a social media post threatening an act of violence against a school. The post was not specific as to which building may be affected, and the information that was available at the time led the District to take action at both WYHS and WYMS.
Students were released from school for the day shortly after the post was reported to the police.
The SRO began an investigation into the incident and developed a suspect before the end of the school day. At the conclusion of the investigation, a 17 year old male WYHS student was charged with three counts of Terroristic threats. The charges will be brought through the juvenile justice system.
The suspect admitted his involvement and characterized the social media post as a joke. The police investigation will continue with the analysis of the suspect’s electronic devices. The District will perform a parallel investigation and take appropriate administrative action as well.
The WMTPD and West York Area School District were assisted by West York Borough Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, and the York County District Attorney’s Office during various phases of the investigation.
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Police Department at 717.792.9514.