LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Nine individuals were arrested by Lower Pottsgrove police – three for fighting, two for setting off a smoke alarm, one for assaulting a teacher, one for assaulting a student, one for harassment, and one for a false call to 9-1-1 – among nine different incidents that occurred during the 17 days October classes were in session at Pottsgrove High School, according to a monthly report given Thursday (Nov. 9, 2017) to the township Board of Commissioners.
The report delivered by Police Chief Michael Foltz, and created by School Resource Ofc. David Slothower, also shows no arrests resulted from three of the high school incidents.
Additionally, at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, police dealt with reports of a student with a knife, a disturbance involving a parent outside the building, and a problem with busing, the report said. No arrests were made in any of those incidents. No incidents were reported during the month at Ringing Rocks Elementary school, it noted.
In comparison to similar reports from earlier months, it appeared as though October was particularly busy for Slothower.
Although the report made no specific mention of them, members of the Pottsgrove School District Board of School Directors are routinely informed of such incidents immediately or shortly after they occur. The board met in regular session Tuesday night (Nov. 14) at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary; a Post reporter was unable to attend the meeting.
The three people charged in the student-on-student fight, the situation in which two students who were smoking set off the fire alarm, the two assaults, the harassment claim, and the false call were not identified in any other way. Those charged are assumed to be juveniles. Alleged victims also were not identified.
Of the high school incidents not involving arrests, one dealt with a laptop not returned to school; a second involved a domestic disturbance between a parent and student; and the third was an informational call regarding letters.
Also during October, Slothower:
- Spoke in forensic classes about police responses to crime scenes;
- Worked with high school administrators in nine administrative mediations;
- Assisted with practice lock-out drills at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary;
- Assisted the Montgomery County Emergency Services 911 Center in assemblies at Ringing Rocks; and
- Presented a table-top training exercise with administrators regarding active shooter Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) activities to high school staff members.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 9 meeting):
- Nine At Pottsgrove High Arrested Last Month
- Deer Ridge Drive 1-Lane Limits Begin Monday
- Township Plans $31 Average Tax Hike In 2018
- Budget On Commissioners’ Thursday Agenda
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