On Thursday, 2/22/18 at approximately 0824 hours, Columbia Police Department School Resource Officer Troy Engle was notified by Columbia School District Staff of a threats incident that just occurred at Columbia High School. Officer Engle received a report that a student at the Columbia Middle/High School threatened to commit an act of violence at the Columbia High School. The student was taken into police custody and was removed from the school.
Columbia Police consulted with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, the Lancaster County Office of Juvenile Probation, and the student's parents. The student will be charged with Terroristic Threats. The student was released to the custody of his parents. The investigation has not shown any signs that the student took steps towards acting on the threat, and the threat was not directed at any particular person or persons. Additionally, the student was not in possession of any weapons. The investigation into this threat continues. The Columbia Police Department would like to encourage anyone with information related to threats of violence to contact the Columbia Police Department at 717-684-7735.