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No charges in firearm statement that led to evacuation at high school football game

No criminal charges will be filed against the student involved in a reported threat that evacuated and postponed a football Friday in Columbia.

After reviewing the incident, officials determined the student — a 13-year-old boy attending the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13— will not be charged, said Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the Lancaster County district attorney. Officials said the student made statements about a football game and a firearm at a school in West Donegal Township, which prompted the investigation at Columbia High School.

No further information about the reported threat has been released. Hambright said the game between Columbia High School and York Suburban High School was delayed so authorities could investigate the claims and protect public safety.

“As more information was gathered, it became evident there was no direct threat toward anyone attending the game or the stadium spectators, in general,” Hambright said in an email to PennLive.

Hambright added that when the game started police were still gathering and analyzing information and took the necessary precautions. The game was moved to Saturday at York Suburban High School as a result of the threat and subsequent investigation.

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