Review underway after alleged school shooting plot uncovered

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 12, 2014 4:00 AM

(South Lebanon Township) -- Nearly a week after student tips led to the arrests of two teenagers on suspicion of plotting a school shooting, a review is underway on how the situation was handled.

The superintendent of the Cornwall Lebanon School District in Lebanon County says action was taken as quickly as possible.


Superintendent Philip Domencic offers praise for three different groups -- the students who stepped forward with the tip, administrators who contacted police, and South Lebanon Township police for intervening quickly.

Two teenagers have been arraigned after the plot came to light at Cedar Crest High School last Thursday.

Domencic, though, also highlights the work teachers and staff did to make students comfortable enough to offer the tip.

"But at the essence and the heart of it, it really does come down to that positive interaction between that teacher and the students in their classroom. And those kinds of positive interactions lead to positive relationships."

Domencic acknowledges the district faced criticism for not alerting middle school students and parents to the developments, but adds it's important to balance alerting the public with causing more rumors to spread.

"So in this particular instance, we felt that it was best to send out notifications to the high school, and we did not send one out to the middle school because we felt that that could have incited even more misinformation because it could have been taken out of context. And that's a tough call."

He says a full review of the response will be conducted.

This is the third incident where police were called to a midstate school in the last two weeks -- on February 27th, a parent caused a disturbance at a York elementary school and last Thursday, a student at McCaskey High School in Lancaster was arrested for bringing a pistol to class.

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