“We are restricted by the Pa. Juvenile Act in what we can release. However, we can state appropriate charges have been filed.
What happens going forward will be determined by a judge in the juvenile court process. The charged individual is presumed innocent.
The safety of other students is being monitored and addressed by the school district and police department. We are confident those agencies have taken proper steps all along and will continue to do so even if they too are restricted in their ability to release details.
Manheim Township School District has been extremely cooperative with law-enforcement since the beginning of this investigation. The district, as well, is limited in what it can publicly release.
It should be noted, no other students had physical interaction with this student since the report to police/start of this investigation. We simply can not expand on that statement or we would violate privacy laws and policies, as well as the Juvenile Act.
We are aware and understand there is a desire from the public, particularly parents and students in the district, to have more specifics and details. At this point in the investigation, we are not permitted to provide such details – to include the name, or even age, of the juvenile – nor would it be appropriate so to preserve the integrity of the case going forward.”
LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S STATEMENT