A Community Day School student will be charged with harassment following an investigation into comments they made on a social media platform, Pittsburgh Police told the Chronicle.
Avi Munro, head of school, notified parents in an Aug. 30 email about the “concerning online comments.”
“We have been reassured that there is no immediate threat to the CDS community at this time,” Munro said in the email. “The student was dismissed to a parent/guardian and will not be allowed to return to campus until the investigation is complete and appropriate actions have been determined.”
Jennifer Bails, a spokesperson for CDS, declined to identify the student, give details about the nature of the comments or talk about the root of the security risk.
“Security at Community Day School continues to be our most sacred responsibility,” Bails told the Chronicle. “With the support and partnership of Jewish Federation security and local law enforcement, we use every means possible to ensure our students and staff are safe at school.”
Shawn Brokos, director of community security for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, also declined to provide details about the nature of the student’s comments online.
“There’s nothing I’d share publicly other than we’re working with local law enforcement, and we’re working to mitigate any threats,” Brokos said.
Brokos stressed, however, “there have been no additional threats.”
“CDS took this extremely seriously and acted quickly,” Brokos said. “I cannot stress how seriously they are taking this.”
Amanda Mueller, Pittsburgh Police’s deputy public information officer, confirmed on Sept. 2 that Pittsburgh Police were involved in the investigation.
“I can confirm there will be harassment charges filed against the student in question,” Mueller said. “Because the student is a juvenile, I can’t discuss much beyond that.”
Munro advised parents on Aug. 30 to “please remember that if you ‘see something, say something’ and to report any suspicious activity in-person or online.” PJC