A threat made via social media had Apollo-Ridge School District officials err on the side of caution during the finale of Friday night’s graduation ceremony and cut it short.
School Director Paul King said the district skipped its traditional return of seniors’ caps and gowns in exchange for diplomas after a threat was discovered. Specifics about the threat were not immediately released.
It’s unclear when the students will receive their diplomas.
Calls to Apollo police were not immediately returned and Kiski Township police officer on duty took a message for the chief.
Superintendent Matt Curci issued a statement Friday following commencement.
“The graduation for the Class of 2020 was held and completed at Owens Field this evening,” Curci said. “Sadly, after the graduates had recessed from the field and had moved to the parking lot area, a threatening comment toward the school was received online.
”Law enforcement was present for the ceremony and was immediately notified, and out of the utmost caution the remaining crowd was notified that a threat was received and asked to disperse.
“An investigation is being conducted by law enforcement and the district will cooperate in any way possible. We are so proud of our seniors and are saddened this was the conclusion of a tremendous evening. The cooperation and understanding of our families is greatly appreciated as their safety is the top priority.”