Elizabethtown schools shut down Wednesday after a threat was called in to local police

Elizabethtown Police got the call about a threat made at Elizabethtown high school on Tuesday afternoon. Police are investigating but it wasn’t their call to close down the schools.

The threat was found by a staff member at the high school and this was something the school’s superintendent Jon Ballard did not take lightly. School officials called police to investigate, and decided to keep students home on Wednesday. He wants parents to know his decision to close schools was strictly cautionary.

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“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we have the safest environment for their kids. Student safety is our number one concern,” said Ballard.

Ballard said staff members talk with all of the students about the consequences of school threats.

“We made a video that stressed exactly that, that these threats won’t be taken lightly, that we live in a day and age that we have to make sure that we do investigate everything and that we will take each of them seriously because student safety is our number one concern,” Ballard added.

Ballard announced Wednesday evening that the threat was found to not be credible and classes would resume Thursday.

“The Elizabethtown Police Department, in conjunction with EIS administrators, now feels that upon further investigation, the threat was not credible and is comfortable in resuming normal school activities tomorrow,” Ballard said in a statement.

Police say it’s too early in the investigation to say if there will be any charges.

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