Lockdown: Philly School Staff Receives Threatening Texts

A Philadelphia high school was put on lockdown after several staff members received dozens of threatening text messages overnight.

School officials wouldn’t let anyone in or out of Simon Gratz High School on W Hunting Park Avenue in the city’s North Philly neighborhood Tuesday as police and homeland security investigated, said Master Charter Schools spokeswoman Monica Lewis.

In total about two dozen text messages were sent from various sources Monday night,” said Lewis. It wasn’t clear if it was one person sending the threatening messages from various phones or multiple people sending the threats.

Gratz serves ninth to 12th grade students. The school alerted parents that classes would go on as normal while in lockdown and that student's wouldn't be dismissed early. Parents could, however, pick up their children if they followed protocol.

No word on when the lockdown could be lifted.

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