District Safety Update Issued to All YSSD Families

December 16, 2021

Dear York Suburban Families,

Today, our administrative team was made aware of two safety-related concerns. One is a nationwide threat made through the social media platform TikTok, and the other is specific to our High School.

The general threat made by an anonymous TikTok user references violence against U.S. schools to take place this Friday, December 17, 2021. This message spurned copycats across several social media platforms. Our local police departments — Springettsbury Township Police Department and Spring Garden Township Police Department — have informed us that there are no confirmed local threats at this time.

Additionally, there was a safety concern at York Suburban High School today, which stemmed from an interpretive piece of student artwork decrying school shootings. The High School administration and the Spring Garden Township Police Department conducted thorough and independent, simultaneous investigations. Both investigations determined that the threat was not credible.

While there is no evidence of threats to our buildings, students, or staff, we will still be taking preemptive measures. As a result, there will be an increased police presence in all schools tomorrow, December 17, 2021.

As always, do not hesitate to contact one of our administrators or counselors if you have a concern. Additionally, The Safe2Say system offers an anonymous way for students to submit tips to their schools about potentially unsafe situations.

Finally, we encourage families to talk about the benefits and pitfalls of social media. A proactive approach toward discussing and monitoring children’s online presence and activities can help to promote responsible behaviors.

We look forward to seeing our students for instruction on Friday, December 17, 2021, as scheduled. If there are any updates to this situation, we will communicate them directly to you.