Late Saturday evening, The School District of Philadelphia's webmaster received a highly unusual threatening email that targeted the life and safety of schools Superintendent Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman and staff at 440 N. Broad Street on Monday at midday. The email addressed to Dr. Ackerman was immediately provided to the District's head of safety, Chief Myron Patterson, and the Philadelphia Police Department, where a full investigation is being conducted.
PPD officers and detectives, including a bomb dog, conducted a perimeter and internal search of 440 N. Broad early Sunday morning and found no evidence of an explosive device. Officers will resume the search prior to the building opening tomorrow. Additional safety measures were also put in place for Superintendent Ackerman.
District personnel are reminded to remain vigilant at work at all times, but especially tomorrow. If employees see anything that may seem unusual, they should notify law enforcement immediately. Employees who have additional concerns should contact their supervisor for more information. A safety support team will be
provided on Monday.
An email from H&S earlier today: