HERNDON, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WOLF) — UPDATE: The Line Mountain School District has closed schools Monday following a "swatting" threat directed towards the district Friday.
Swatting means to make a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to dispatch a large number of authorities.
The threat kept all students in lockdown for nearly two hours.
According to school officials, the decision was made Sunday evening with State Police.
The following statement was posted on the school's website:
"After discussions between School Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police Sunday evening, it is in the best interest of all parties to close the school district on Monday, February 11th. The investigation into last Friday’s swatting incident is not yet complete."
ORIGINAL STORY: The Line Mountain High School and Middle School in Northumberland County were placed on lockdown after police received reports on a possible shooting threat Friday afternoon.
The schools were placed on lockdown around 2 p.m. after the threat was reportedly made from the parking lot.
Local and State police immediately responded and set up staging areas around the school and closed area roads.
The Line Mountain School district provided updates on Twitter that that everyone is safe and they were waiting for State Police to give the ok to release students.
Other schools in Northumberland county went on lockdown as a precaution including Mt. Carmel, Shikellamy and Shamokin.
As of 3:55 p.m., the State Police lifted the school lockdowns.
State police determined the threat was a "swatting incident" originating out of Indiana. Students are being dismissed.