Lockdown Lifted After Philly High School Received Threatening Texts

Police investigated Simon Gratz High School after staff members reported receiving messages that something would happen at the school today.

"Gratz HS Philly" by Smallbones - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Students at Simon Gratz High School were let out of school early today after spending the day under lockdown.

6 ABC reported this morning that the North Philly school was locked down after three school staff members said they received threatening text messages overnight.

Monica Lewis, director of communications for Mastery Charter Schools which operates Simon Gratz, said that the texts suggested that something would take place at the school today, and that one referenced a bomb threat.

The 39th District Police and Homeland Security investigated the school where they said they found no imminent threat.

During the lockdown, students attended class as normal. Lewis said a phone blast was sent out to parents and they were able to pick up children early.

Lewis said school will continue normally tomorrow.

Police have possession of the phones and are looking into the threats.

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