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‘Unprovoked Attack’ Ends In High School Arrest

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A 15-year-old female student at Pottsgrove High School was arrested late last month following what Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz described Monday (Oct. 2, 2017) as her allegedly “unprovoked attack” on another student, age 14, during a change of classes.

The nature of the attack, which occurred Sept. 21 (Thursday); the names of those involved, and other details surrounding the incident were not offered by Foltz during his monthly report to the township Board of Commissioners. The chief noted that school administrators witnessed the assault and “immediately intervened” to end it. He did not say how severely, if at all, the victim was injured.

“The aggressor was taken into police custody and turned over to juvenile probation to face charges,” he added.

The student-on-student assault is one of eight high school incidents handled during 16 class days in September by Lower Pottsgrove Ofc. David Slothower, who also serves as school resource officer. Of those incidents, two others also involved arrests: one for weapons possession by a student with a knife after school hours, and the second for trespassing by a student, according to the report.

Neither of those students were identified by name, residence, grade, or age, and no other details were made available.

Remaining reports regarded a student vs. parent harassment, a “bad check” fraud, a false fire alarm, and two calls to assist other agencies.

Slothower also is resource officer for the Pottsgrove School District’s Lower Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementary schools. No incidents needing his attention occurred during September there, Slothower stated.

Also last month, as part of his duties, Slothower:

  • Attended meetings at the district offices on Kauffman Road to plan for active shooter training known as ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate);
  • Worked with high school administrators in nine separate mediations;
  • Planned emergency drills with Lower Pottsgrove administrators;
  • Worked with Ringing Rocks administrators to answer “facility questions on emergency situations;” and
  • Attended Student Assistance Program meetings.

Related to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 2 meeting):

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