East Penn School District issued the following statement about the safety of Emmaus High School at about 12:05 p.m. today via email. East Penn Community Liaison Nicole Bloise released the following information on behalf of the district:
"Approximately 35 individuals representing local law enforcement agencies, including trained canine members, Emmaus Fire Department, East Penn administration and the custodial/maintenance staff took part in the thorough sweep of Emmaus High School this morning.
It has been determined Emmaus High School is safe.
The East Penn School District would like to thank all the local law enforcement agencies involved in the search, Chief Dave Faust of the Emmaus Police Department, and Dr. Tom Mirabella, Director of Student Services, who headed the district’s internal team. East Penn is committed to working with the Emmaus Police Department to identify and prosecute the individual(s) responsible for this threat.
Activities will resume upon the direction of the high school principal, Dave Piperato, and the Director of Athletics, Dennis Ramella. The boys varsity basketball game against Central Catholic scheduled for this evening at Emmaus High School has been moved to Rockne Hall as part of a boy-girl doubleheader," she said.
Afternoon activities at Emmaus High School were canceled on Thursday due to the bomb threat and the decision was made to close the high school and administrative office in the building as a precautionary measure, so the building could be searched for explosive devices.
The bomb threat at Emmaus High is one of many at schools across the country.