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UPDATE: ‘Grenade’ Prompted Lower Pottsgrove School Alert

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A grenade brought to school Monday morning (Jan. 22, 2018) by a student, which was later determined to be “non-active,” prompted officials in Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School on Buchert Road to lock its doors, shelter students in the cafeteria and gymnasium, and await an all-clear call from township police and bomb squad experts, the Pottsgrove School District said. Students and staff members finally heard that they could return to classes about 40 minutes after the 9:20 a.m. alert was sounded.

All at the building were deemed safe and unharmed.

The district issued the following “final update” message about the incident, below. Italicized words are those added by The Post for purposes of identification or clarity.

“The internal threat communication at approximately 9:20 this morning at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary was due to a grenade that was brought to school by a student.

“The Lower Pottsgrove Police Department and the bomb squad were called immediately. Following the recommendation by authorities, a shelter in place, as well as a lockout, was implemented. CMD (the district’s school bus contractor) was called and responded immediately by sending buses to the school in the event an evacuation was necessary. The bomb squad arrived on the scene at 9:45 and the grenade was deemed non-active.

“Due to the quick response from the classroom teacher, as well as (school Principal) Dr. (Yolanda) Williams and (Assistant Principal) Mr. (Steven) Sieller, the students were safe at all times and have returned to their normal schedule. We thank all staff and faculty for their efforts during this incident.”

An earlier update to The Post’s original story appears below:

Lower Pottsgrove Elementary Ends Lockout Status

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A lockout alert imposed Monday morning (Jan. 22, 2018) at about 9:20 a.m. in Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School on Buchert Road was lifted 42 minutes later, at 10:02 a.m., the Pottsgrove School District reported on its Twitter account. No reason for the earlier emergency was immediately announced.

The district said the problem had been “cleared” and that all students were returning to class.

In a Facebook post at 10:22 a.m., Pottsgrove school board President Matt Alexander confirmed an all-clear for the school had been issued. “No violence involved and no students were injured. Updates coming shortly,” the post added.

An earlier story by The Post appears below:

Lower Pottsgrove Elementary On Lockout Status

On Facebook, parents reported school buses were lined up to transport students away from Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School if necessary

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – An “internal incident” that occurred Monday (Jan. 22, 2018) at about 9:20 a.m., the nature of which was not immediately explained, prompted the Pottsgrove School District to lock the doors of Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School on Buchert Road, and move students inside the building into its cafeteria and gymnasium to shelter in place.

Lower Pottsgrove police arrived on the scene as the lockout occurred, and “all students are safe,” the district reported on its website.

The district also said it was “prepared to transport students, faculty, and staff” to Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road, 1.2 miles west, “if necessary.” As of 9:50 a.m., when it issued a similar alert on its Twitter account, the district said “no students are being released at this time.” No additional Tweets had been posted as of 9:59 a.m.

It promised to “provide updates as new information becomes available.”

Top photo from Google Images, bus photo by Tracy Roles from Facebook

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