Updated: The Bethlehem Police Department said Monday afternoon that a 17-year-old student at Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts made the threat that led to the evacuation earlier in the day. It referred the case to the Northampton County Juvenile Probation Department, a new Facebook post said. The teenager’s case involved making terroristic threats and false reports to law enforcement, police said. They will not identify the student.
City police thanked the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance.
Initial Post: Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts was temporarily cleared Monday morning to investigate an anonymous threat, Bethlehem police report.
The school notified police at 8:20 a.m. and school administration decided to evacuate, authorities said in a Facebook post.
“Officers working in coordination with school administration determined that the threat was not credible, and there was no danger,” the post said shortly before 10 a.m. “Students and staff returned to the building, and classes resumed.”
The incident at the school in the 300 block of East Third Street remains under investigation, police said.
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