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Seven Arrested At High School In May Incidents

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Seven separate incidents – one of which was labeled as “harassment by communication,” one as a “disturbance,” and a third as an “aggravated assault” – required Lower Pottsgrove police intervention over 22 days of Pottsgrove High School operations during May (2017), police Chief Michael Foltz has reported to the township Board of Commissioners.

Seven arrests resulted in four of the cases, the chief said.

Two individuals were arrested in the “student vs. student” harassment incident. Two more were charged in the “disturbance,” which was identified as a “student vs. student” fight. One individual was arrested on the aggravated assault charge, described as a “student assault on a staff member.” Two others were charged as “students found in possession of a knife,” all according to Foltz’s monthly departmental activity report. The events were documented by Ofc. David Slothower and delivered to commissioners as part of their June 5 meeting.

Slothower is the department’s school resource officer for the Pottsgrove School District. He also serves in the Lower Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementary school buildings. Students were not identified by name, residence, grade, or age, and no other details were made available.

  • All Pottsgrove schools currently are on closed on summer break. A final 2016-2017 schools’ police activity report for the period of June 1-16 is anticipated as part of the chief’s presentation to commissioners July 6 (Thursday).

Also at the high school during the period, Slothower indicated:

  • He investigated an alleged theft involving value of $200 or more, regarding a “laptop taken by a student.” No arrest was made;
  • He investigated an alleged “offense against family” lodged by a “student reporting abuse at home.” No arrest was made; and
  • Police performed a public service, he said, by tasking a K-9 officer to search for missing luggage for a senior trip.

At Lower Pottsgrove Elementary, Slothower reported he made a “threat assessment” regarding an informational call, and also investigated a “suspicious person” who turned out to be a parent in the building. At Ringing Rocks, he responded to an accidental fire alarm. No arrests were made in any of those incidents.

Additionally during the month, Slothower:

  • Spoke to students studying Spanish about law enforcement;
  • Worked with high school administrators during five administrative mediations;
  • Provided an Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) presentation to staff members at both Lower Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementaries; and
  • Worked with Lower Pottsgrove administrators to set up a crisis drill planning schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Related to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ June 8 meeting:

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