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2 Allegheny County schools evacuated after bomb threats

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Two schools in Allegheny County received bomb threats Wednesday.

Gateway School District received a threat that led them to evacuate Wednesday morning. Following the threat, Woodland Hills School District said they received a courtesy call from them.

Minutes after the courtesy call, a Woodland Hills student found an anonymous Snapchat with a bomb threat against Woodland Hills Senior High School, officials said.

Gateway School District later confirmed to Channel 11 that they received a bomb threat on social media against the high school.

Woodland Hills School District superintendent Dr. Daniel Castagna said all students from the high school were dismissed early and all evening activities are canceled. Police patrols are increased at the elementary buildings and middle school.

Gateway also dismissed all high school students.

Churchill police, Allegheny County police and school officials will conduct a full sweep of the high school and will relay the “all clear” when it’s given, officials said.

“In our professional opinion, we do not feel the threat is credible and we are investigating the source with all of our resources. Emptying the building will allow for a more thorough sweep and also time to fully investigate the origin of the message,” Castagna said.

Gateway School District officials said the threat was considered non-credible.

“Whenever potential threats are brought to the attention of the district, we will continue to work with law enforcement to determine credibility and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of students and staff,” Gateway School District officials said.

Castagna also urges parents to speak with their children about the dangers of this online activity.

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