SHARPSVILLE — An online threat resulted in an increased police presence today at Sharpsville Area School District.

Sharpsville Superintendent John Vannoy said district officials received a report of a threat posted Thursday evening on social media. The district reported the threat to Sharpsville police, Mercer County District Attorney's office, and school district staff and the school resource officer.

Police officers were present for the opening of school Friday, and students were permitted to enter the school buildings only through main entrances. Students passed through metal detectors and had their bags searched before entering the school.

School officials and law enforcement agencies are investigating the threat, Vannoy said on a Facebook post Thursday night.

"We want you to be aware that the administration of the Sharpsville Area School District has exercised extreme diligence and will take all proper actions required by law and in the best interests of our students and our faculty," Vannoy said in the post.

This is a developing story. The Herald will update as more information becomes available.

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