Authorities have determined that a threat that resulted in the closure of New Hope-Solebury schools Friday, Dec. 21, came from Tennessee and was an “ill-advised prank,” which at no time posed a direct threat to the school district.
The New Hope Borough and Solebury Township police departments received information from a student of New Hope-Solebury School District, at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 20, involving a possible threat toward the school.
The investigation showed that the student received a phone call indicating a threat of violence toward the school and students from an unknown male who said, “Your school is going to get shot up tomorrow.”
Solebury and New Hope police immediately took measures to ensure the safety of the students and staff in the district. NH-S School District was notified and decided to close all schools Dec. 21, pending further information.
During the course of the initial investigation, police determined the threat was not credible but in an abundance of caution took action.
The threat was investigated by Solebury Township Police, New Hope Borough Police, F.B.I. Fort Washington Field Office and F.B.I. Nashville, Tenn., Field Office.
An exhaustive investigation was conducted throughout the evening of Thursday, Dec, 20, through Friday, Dec. 21. At approximately 3:30 p.m., it was determined that the threat was made by a juvenile male from the state of Tennessee.
The investigation shows that this threat was determined to be an “ill-advised prank” and at no time posed a direct threat to the school district.
The appropriate authorities in Tennessee have been advised and authorities in Pennsylvania will work with them to determine the appropriate outcome.