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UPDATE ON THREAT INVESTIGATION - Mr. Ryan Terwilliger, Superintendent

February 27, 2018



This email is meant to update/inform you on the status of the two incidents from yesterday. 

The investigation of the first incident is just wrapping up. This incident involved testimony from many more students than incident number two, which has obviously extended the investigation.

There is no new information regarding the second incident.  Neither the Sheriff’s Department, nor MPS has received any additional information requiring further investigation.

Please understand that the Sheriff’s department has their own procedures and protocols.  We work very closely with our school resource officer (Sheriff’s Department Deputy), but the scope of the Department’s investigation usually is more broad.  This is a positive, because of the comprehensive nature of their investigation.  However, their process takes time and in cases like these, we want immediate feedback.

As of right now, neither threat appears to be credible.  Each case has its own nuances, and there have definitely been scary and concerning things reported and investigated.  Although the investigations are wrapping up, we will continue to monitor these and other situations as needed.  Action taken by the school regarding any and all students is, and always will be, confidential.


Ryan Terwilliger


Malcolm Public Schools



Statement of February 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

I apologize for the tardiness of this email—we are shorthanded with administration at the high school and I have been the acting principal as well as superintendent. This email is to inform you of a couple of situations that have required a threat assessment—1) an ongoing investigation from yesterday; and 2) an issue that was generated from a conversation on an afternoon bus route.  Both situations are being vetted by the Malcolm Public Schools (MPS) Administration, the MPS threat assessment team, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department.  All of the children are safe, and neither situation has proven to be a credible threat at this time.  The investigation of the later issue is complete.  The former issue has a few loose ends to tie up due to new information that we received this morning.

Malcolm Public Schools takes school safety/security very seriously, and with the heightened sensitivity (due to recent events) will be thoroughly investigating any (and all) reports of threatening behavior.  We will error on the side of caution, and most likely overreact in regard to the comprehensive nature of our investigation.  Our relationship to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department affords us more resources in situations like this, which we plan to fully use.

I realize that many of you want details, but I am limited to the information that is included in this email.  In addition, please understand that the information that we gather during the investigation might be different from information that you hear from your student or the rumor mill.

Finally—Parents—please sit down and talk with your students about the serious nature of threatening comments and actions.  School, student, and teacher safety is not a joking matter.  Our response to false threats or inappropriate jokes about school violence will have serious consequences.  In addition, any investigable issue that proves bogus potentially takes time away from needed attention for a true threat.

We will update you with new information if anything changes on these issues, or issues in the future. 


Ryan Terwilliger


Malcolm Public Schools


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