Allegheny County

Multiple Pittsburgh area high schools on modified lockdown after reported threat on social media

PITTSBURGH — Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood announced that it will operate on a modified lockdown for the rest of the school day today and the entire day tomorrow after being made aware of a “threat of potential violence.”

In an email statement, principal Dr. James McCoy said the school takes all threats seriously and is taking all necessary precautions, including doing the modified lockdown out of an abundance of caution.

The email stated that a modified lockdown means that students will stay inside for the duration of the school day and only visitors with a prior appointment will be let inside.

Dr. McCoy said school police remain in close contact with law enforcement on any threats.

According to Ebony Pugh, the spokesperson for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh King and Pittsburgh Obama High Schools have also been placed on modified lockdown. She also said the threat named schools in other school districts.

Pugh said the threat was on social media.

Pugh said to Channel 11 that “while the threat is believed not to be credible, we are taking all precautionary measures.”

There’s no word on who made the threat or what the threat itself was.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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