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PA schools being threatened/Spelling Bee

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 23, 2018 4:08 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, February 23, 2018:

According to NPR's reporting, the number of threats of violence against schools across the country has increased since last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Educators School Safety Network says it recorded about 50 threats a day on average since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed.

Threats have been made against schools throughout Pennsylvania, including several in the midstate.  Schools in the Central York District in York County were closed most of this week after threats were made.  Harrisburg schools are closed Friday after a threat.  Rumors of threats spread in adjoining and other schools too.  Arrests have been made in a few of the cases.  Many worried parents have decided not to send their kids to school.

Are these threats the work of copycats or are educators, parents and police more focused on the threats since the Florida shooting?

WITF's Brett Sholtis has reported on the threats made to schools this week and joins us on Friday's Smart Talk.

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Brett Sholtis, Transforming Health Reporter

Also, on a much happier note, the Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee is set for this weekend at WITF's Public Media Center.  On Friday's Smart Talk, Host Scott LaMar, Witf's Capitol Bureau Chief Katie Meyer, All things Considered host Rachel McDevitt and audio engineer and WITF Music producer Joe Ulrich take a shot at spelling and show just how smart the young spellers are.

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Joe Ulrich, Katie Meyer, Rachel McDevitt

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