Interboro School District Police Departments were on heightened alert Monday after an individual posted to social media posts on Friday in which Interboro High School and Norwood School were mentioned on a Facebook page of a state official, Prospect Park Police Chief David Madonna said.
In addition to Prospect Pak, Norwood and Glenolden; The Township of Tinicum is also part of the Interboro School District.
“While I cannot release details at this point, I can tell you that no direct threats have been made in reference to the student body or staff,” Madonna said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
Madonna informed the public on Monday to say that on Friday police received information that an individual had posted messages that he was upset about the loss of state-funded unemployment and said he would surrender on Monday. at Interboro School District property armed with a knife in an attempt to provoke a police response and subsequent confrontation.
Madonna pointed out that at no time did he threaten to harm a student or staff member.
“It looks like the location was chosen because he knew it would encourage a greater response from the police,” Madonna said.
Through their investigations, police have identified a person of interest who is currently in custody at Upper Darby on an unrelated charge. His name is Joseph Decenzi, 48, who is said to be homeless and / or living in a shelter. He is described as 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds.
Interboro Superintendent Bernadette C. Reiley alerted the parents in an email Sunday. Schools were open Monday, but some were so worried they were keeping their children at home. Reiley said the posts were unrelated to recent issues in the SouthEast Delco School District.
Some parents feel comfortable sending their kids to school on Monday before the details are revealed.
“I’m not sending mine. It’s not worth the risk when I know my house is safe .. ”a parent said on a Facebook post.
“I keep all my children home from school tomorrow. The supposed threat is too vague for me to risk the safety of my children !! another said.
Madonna noted that the departments have a constant and significant presence in schools in the area, but the messages were concerning enough that a decision was made to have an increased police presence in and around our schools for the next few days. .
Police cars could be seen in every school throughout the day.
No issues were reported on Monday.