District: Rumors of active shooter at Central Dauphin High School are not true

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Central Dauphin administration sent a message to parents Thursday, Oct. 13 afternoon to inform them that a rumor of an active shooter on their campus is not true.

The following message was sent.

Central Dauphin School District Supt. Carol Johnson wrote:

“Parents and Guardians:

There are numerous text messages and social media posts reporting an active shooter incident at Central Dauphin High School. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE.

We have security staff in the building and they are aware of exactly what is going on. Students and parents are reacting to unfounded rumors.

News outlets have asked why state troopers entered the parking lot in the last several minutes (11:20 am.). It has been reported to us by police that a parent called 911 to report an active shooter incident at CD High School.

As a result, PA State Troopers were dispatched. THE CALL WAS ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

Upon arriving, they quickly realized that the caller had absolutely nothing upon which to base the call. The only chaotic activity at the high school is in the office where many parents, responding to the texts of students asking to leave school, are trying to sign students out.

Our principals and security officials are physically present in the building, as I was much of the morning, and confirmed there is no chaos, no shooter, no violence, no demonstrations. Our students and teachers are attempting to get through a normal school day despite numerous attempts from the outside which are making that difficult.

Please know that if, at any time, we believe there is a safety issue at CD High School or any other building in our district, you will be informed immediately through our Parent Notification System. Also, please be aware that students who leave school at this time will not be permitted to participate in after school activities.”

Pennsylvania State Police Harrisburg responded to the alleged active shooter incident at 11:04 a.m. According to their report, “within minutes, Pennsylvania State Police Harrisburg had multiple units on scene at the high school. Within minutes of their arrival, it was quickly determined that there was no active incident occurring and no additional units were needed.”

PSP is working with the district in regard to identifying the source of the issue, police said.

No other information is available at this time.

Principal Kenneth Miller posted the following statement on Central Dauphin’s twitter page: