Update: Voicemail threat to Upper Moreland schools ‘not credible’, likely came from students sharing information

Dr. Sue Elliott, superintendent of the Upper Moreland School District, sent a letter this morning which announced that all schools in the district will be closed today due to a threatening voicemail left on the transportation department’s phone line over the weekend.

Dr. Elliot said the voicemail made a “serious threat of violence” to the district.

At approximately 1:00pm, Dr. Elliot published an update which said that officials determined “that this threat is not credible” and that all Upper Moreland schools will be open as usual on Tuesday.

“There is no threat of violence to our students, staff, or schools. We are grateful to the UMPD for their support and dedication to safety in our schools,” the memo said.

Officials found through an investigation that the threat likely came from students sharing information through online games.

“I encourage you to monitor your children’s online activity and speak with them about the dangers of sharing information via gaming and other online platforms,” Dr. Elliot said.

The update concludes:

We understand that an event, such as the possible threat we received this morning, may cause stress and trauma for students and staff. Please know that our counselors will be available tomorrow morning to speak with any students or staff who need support in dealing with any stress or anxiety they may be feeling. Additionally, the following resources are available to families to support conversations with your children.

Talking with Children about Threats of Violence – National Association of School Psychologists: https://www.nasponline.org/…/talking-to-children-about…

Protecting Kids Online – Federal Trade Commission: https://consumer.ftc.gov/identity…/protecting-kids-online

Unless Tuesday’s weather forecast presents challenges, all schools and offices will operate normally on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support of our students.

Dr. Sue Elliott
Superintendent of Schools

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