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Update on Social Media Threat October 7th, 2021

Dear CASD Families and Staff,

 

I wanted to provide an update regarding today’s social media threat. A student has confessed to making the threat, does not have means to carry out the threat, and will face criminal charges. No weapons were found in the student’s home, and police are confident there is no further threat to the school district. We are extremely grateful to the Coatesville Area School District Police Department and Caln Township Police Department for their excellent work in this matter and in helping to keep our students and staff safe.

 

At the end of the school day today we knew that authorities were still working to positively identify a suspect, so we made the decision to move to virtual instruction for Friday, October 8, out of an abundance of caution. At this time, we believe that maintaining that decision will be less disruptive to our families, so we will continue with a virtual day for tomorrow, even though students and staff are no longer in danger. Students should log onto Canvas to access assignments and instruction.

 

We do understand that this event has been upsetting and stressful, and we want to reiterate that school counselors will be available for any student who would like to talk. Your child should reach out to their counselor if they’d like some support.

 

We are very grateful to our staff, parents, students, and local authorities for their support and help in keeping everyone safe. We look forward to a more normal school day when we return in person on Tuesday, October 12. Monday, October 11 is a professional development day for our staff, and students have a day off of school.

 

Thank you,

 

Tomás Hanna, Superintendent