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Weapons Possession Charged In HS Arrest

POTTSTOWN PA – One Pottsgrove High School student was arrested for “weapons possession” sometime during the 16 days of January (2016) that school was in session, and two others were arrested for “theft (of) $200 and over” in incidents reported last week as part of the Lower Pottsgrove police chief’s monthly report to the township Board of Commissioners.

No details of the offenses were offered, so it is unknown what type of weapon was involved or what was stolen. None of those arrested were identified in any way, and it was not clear if more than one arrest applied to a single individual. All are juveniles age 18 or younger. No adjudication was reported on the charges filed.

Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) David Slothower documented the high school incidents as part of police activity materials distributed Feb. 1 (2016; Monday) by Chief Michael Foltz. No incidents were reported for the month at either Lower Pottsgrove or Ringing Rocks elementary schools, at which Slothower also serves.

Slothower also reported he worked during the month with staff members at the high school and at Ringing Rocks “regarding citical incident training.” He also worked on “security and training” with the Perkiomen School, his report said; it is independent of and unrelated to the Pottsgrove district.

The Pottsgrove School District contracts with the department to provide SRO support at its three schools located within Lower Pottsgrove. The SRO, according to the township, is intended promote a security relationship between the police force and the district, helps the department deal with and advise on school safety issues, helps administer the high school’s student peer mediation program, and also deals with emergency issues as they arise.

School board meeting scheduled tonight

The district Board of School Directors is next scheduled to meet tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 9) at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Pottsgrove Middle School, North Hanover Street. The meeting is open to the public and free to attend. A copy of the meeting agenda is available for download from the district website, here.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting):

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