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Police an increased presence at school after Thursday's incident

Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 11:26 PM CST
Reported by: Jesse Knutson

YORK – Today, Phineas Davis Elementary School in York had extra security following an incident yesterday.

We brought you the breaking news at 5 and have bringing you updates ever since.Today we got court documents that say Eric Schelmety entered into the school yesterday and not only threatened the principal, but threatened all of the students – this, just one day after being arrested here at the school and being told that he was not allowed back on property. 

Police were dispatched to Phineas Davis Elementary School in York yesterday just after 4 PM for reports of a man with a gun trying to force his way into an office.

When police arrived on scene, they arrested Eric Schelmety, whom they say was threatening to kill students and staff at the school, just one day after he was arrested for similar threats at the school.

According to court documents obtained by CBS 21, witnesses say his daughter let Schelmety into the school, and after being locked out of the administration office where his daughter was, Schelmety threatened to kill all of the students in the school, and threatened to hang the principal from a tree.

Schelmety then began to rip items off the walls, destroy light fixtures, and smash windows using a mop and a vacuum cleaner before he was arrested by police.Luckily, none of the 83 students or 31 staff members in the building at the time were hurt during the incident.

Today the school had an elevated police presence to make sure the children and staff were safe, and parents we spoke to say they’re ready to move on. “As long as the matter was handled and taken care of then, this school shouldn’t worry no more,” Luis Santiago, whose children attend Phineas Davis, said.

Santiago has two kids who attend the school, and they say they felt safe at school today.

Other parents think the increased police presence is a good idea moving forward.

“Maybe a little bit of security here and there… Just for the meanwhile so parents can be comfortable sending their children to school,” Donna Perez, whose daughter attends the elementary school, said.Schelmety is currently in York County Prison on $500,000 dollars bail.
Police an increased presence at school after Thursday's incident


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