A threatening letter was discovered today at Union City Area Middle/High School, leading to an investigation by state police at Corry.

The letter that threatened violence at the school was discovered around 8:40 a.m., according to state police.

Union City Area School District Superintendent Matthew Bennett said he was unable to discuss the exact contents of the letter while the matter was under investigation. He said the letter was "very general," not naming any specific people to be targeted nor a specific time when the violence would take place.

The letter was found sometime after classes already had begun, Bennett said. The school district sent out a global call to parents and faculty a little after 9 a.m., according to Bennett, informing them of the situation. While classes were still held, parents were permitted to pick up their kids if they were concerned for their safety, and it was considered an excused absence.

In addition to the school's resource officer, Bennett said state police maintained a presence at the school for safety reasons.

The validity and credibility of the threat is still under investigation.

"This is where it's really tough for schools these days," Bennett said. "We have to take every threat seriously."

Bennett noted his own son was attending school today and said he felt comfortable with his son's safety.

Anyone with information pertaining to the threat is encouraged to call state police at Corry at (814) 663-2043.

Sean P. Ray can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at sray@meadvilletribune.com.

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