- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (AP) - A Pittsburgh-area Catholic school was closed for a second straight day while police and the FBI tried to find who sent an email threatening to shoot students and staff.

The email, which referenced similar incidents at Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, was received by school officials about 1 a.m. Wednesday, prompting the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to close Seton-LaSalle High School ever since.

Principal Lauren Martin issued a letter encouraging parents to speak with students in hopes they may have some possible clues into the investigation.

Mount Lebanon police said the FBI was helping determine who sent the email because the sender took steps electronically to hide their identity.

Deputy Police Chief Aaron Lauth told The Associated Press on Thursday that police won’t be able to determine the threat’s credibility until they can figure out who sent it.

Thursday happened to be the birthday of Eric Harris - one of two teenagers who laid siege to Columbine on April 20, 1999 before Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, the other gunman, killed themselves.

Special Agent William Crowley, the Pittsburgh FBI spokesman, confirmed the agency is assisting but otherwise declined comment.

The school, which has about 380 students, is located in an upscale suburb just south of Pittsburgh. Rev. Ronald Lengwin, diocesan spokesman, said threats are rare at Catholic schools and this is the first of its kind he can recall.

Bishop David Zubik wouldn’t speculate as to whether the message was a prank.

“I think the fact that the contents of the message that was sent was serious enough to say, ‘Let the FBI determine whether this was a prank or not,’” Zubik said. “And they can determine who was responsible for it.”

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