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January 18, 2019

Upper Merion School District closes Friday in light of threat made on Twitter

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The Upper Merion School District is closed Friday, Jan. 18, taking caution after a threatening message against the school was received via Twitter.

The Upper Merion Police announced that the threat had been made Thursday night and referenced a specific person coming into school on Friday with a handgun. The threat said the individual would commit violent acts, according to CBS 3.

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Superintendent John Toleno first addressed the Upper Merion district on Twitter on Thursday night, notifying families of the situation. The official announcement to close all the district's schools came Friday morning around 5 a.m.

The closure applies to the Upper Merion District's six schools and affects approximately 4,100 students. The schools include Upper Merion Area High School, Upper Merion Area Middle School, Bridgeport Elementary School, Caley Elementary School, Candlebrook Elementary School, and Roberts Elementary School.

The specific threats and source of the threats have not disclosed.

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