The New Hope-Solebury School District was among those in Bucks County and across Pennsylvania and the nation that have recently received bomb threats that are being made anonymously.
A spokesperson for the New Hope-Solebury School District confirmed the district received a bomb threat for its schools.
The district and police found the threats to be not credible.
“Our district received an email threat regarding explosives which had been allegedly placed in our schools. Many Bucks County schools were copied on this same email,” the New Hope-Solebury School District wrote in a letter to parents.
School districts in Upper Bucks County also received threats, but they were deemed not credible.
Law enforcement officials told NewHopeFreePress.com the threats are thought to be hoaxes and hit Bucks County and Montgomery County on Thursday.
Bensalem Township police said the threats haven’t just targeted schools, but also Jewish centers and airports.
A Bucks County school administrator, who wasn’t authorized to speak to the media, said Pennsylvania State Police and federal law enforcement were aware of the threats across the state.
Several law enforcement officials said the threats were hoaxes. The Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center in Harrisburg was aware of the threats.
Threats delivered virtually and anonymously to schools, businesses, libraries, and religious institutions have been frequent in recent years. Due to evolving technology, the cases can often be hard for police to solve.
In July, federal law enforcement arrested and charged an out-of-state man with making threats targeting the Jewish community in the region.
Below is the full letter sent home to New Hope-Solebury School District families:
Dear New Hope-Solebury Families:
We have been notified by the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PCIC) that reports of widespread bomb threats started in the western part of the state last week. They have been deemed as NOT CREDIBLE THREATS by law enforcement investigators both statewide and locally.
Today, our district received an email threat regarding explosives which had been allegedly placed in our schools. Many Bucks County schools were copied on this same email. The PA State Police have been notified and have deemed that the threat is NOT CREDIBLE. The language of the email is identical to the information sent out by PCIC regarding emails received by districts in the western part of the state.
Safety is a community responsibility, and we will continue to actively monitor the situation. If you have any information, please contact the PA State Police at 215-249-9191.
Thank you for your cooperation and support,