Text messages and social media posts reporting an active shooter incident at Central Dauphin High School are “absolutely false,” Superintendent Carol Johnson said in a message issued Thursday morning.
The statement Johnson sent to parents is as follows:
“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.”