Harrisburg Academy reported that it canceled classes Monday after it received a notice of a social media threat, which it later deemed not credible.
Academy head of school Jim Newman said in a email that one of the academy’s students over the weekend received an Instagram message from someone she did not know, telling her not to go to school on Monday. The student shared the message with the academy administration, who contacted East Pennsboro Township Police and canceled school while the situation was being investigated.
Newman said they determined that the message was sent from a Florida high school student, who is part of an Instagram group that participates in “raids,” or groups of students jointly choosing other random Instagram users and harassing or scaring them.
“With support from Florida school officials, we have resolved that the message is not a credible threat and feel confident that it is safe to return to campus (Tuesday),” the email said.
Academy families will see additional measures during Tuesday’s drop-off and subsequent school day.