William Penn Senior High School dismissed early for threat; gun found in school

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YORK, Pa. — Students were dismissed early from William Penn Senior High School in York City  after the report of a threat involving a gun. After students were dismissed, police sweeping the building did find a gun in the school.

The school received a report of a gun on the premises around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.  Staff notified the York City Police Department, who enacted a lock down. Students and staff remained in their classrooms as police officers searched the building.

The high school dismissed at 12:20 p.m. to allow investigators to search the building more extensively.

Superintendent Eric Holmes says the school got a tip the gun was in a back pack, but did not confirm that’s where they found it.

A 16 year old student was charged with three separate gun possession charges by the York City Police Department and placed in York County Juvenile Detention.

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