A Fairfield Area Middle School student is accused of threatening to blow up the school Tuesday, just four days after a different threat at the high school.

“I regret to inform you that a student wrote a message in a restroom at the middle school that indicated, ‘I am gonna blow this F-ing schol up on May 20th,’” Superintendent Mike Adamek wrote in a letter to parents Tuesday.

Adamek’s letter was shared on the Fairfield Area School District Facebook page at about 3 p.m. Adamek did not return a phone call late Tuesday afternoon.

The author of the threat was found and admitted to writing it, according to the letter. Even with the culprit identified, the district plans to have additional law enforcement at its buildings on May 20.

“Due to a number of incidents, which have occurred at the district, there will be an increased presence of law enforcement at all buildings on Monday,” the letter reads.

On Friday, rumors of a shooter threat circulated the high school. State police and school officials determined the threat was not credible and the school did not go into lock down.

A woman who identified herself as the mother of the middle school student who wrote the threat posted an apology on the “Fairfield Parents” Facebook page Tuesday.

“I am very sorry it was my kid today. It was a stupid very tasteless joke he sent to a friend. It was not a threat, never meant as a threat, he thought he had communicated that with emojis,” Laura Johnston Dutterer wrote.

She said her son has no access to weapons, other than a paintball gun, in their home. Dutterer called her son a “good kid” who “does know better.”

“Needless to say he will learn a very hard lesson, be punished at home aside from the discipline the school and law enforcement will impose,” Dutterer said. “Please accept my family’s apology, we are truly sorry for any trouble he caused.”

Times Staff Writer

Mary Grace has been a Gettysburg Times Staff Writer since December 2016. She covers Carroll Valley Borough, Cumberland Township, Liberty Township, Mount Joy Township, Straban Township, and Littlestown Area School District. Mary Grace lives in Gettysburg.

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