Pottsgrove MS Endured ‘Non-Credible’ Threat Monday
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Law enforcement officials and local firefighters worked Monday (May 24, 2021) from 7:41 p.m. to about midnight at Pottsgrove Middle School, responding to what was described by Montgomery County emergency dispatchers as a bomb threat. They ultimately determined the handwritten message on a bathroom wall there was “non-credible.”
Upper Pottsgrove police are continuing to investigate the matter.
Pottsgrove School District Superintendent Dr. William Shirk, in a Tuesday morning (May 25) letter posted on the district website, notified families of the incident. He said custodial employees at the 1351 N. Hanover St., Upper Pottsgrove Township, building discovered the threat. Taking no chances, the school was immediately cleared of all but first responders.
District Director of Facilities Jeffrey Caldwell was available on the scene throughout the night to assist in the investigation, dispatchers said.
The call for assistance brought out Upper Pottsgrove police patrol units and a county Sheriff’s Office bomb squad vehicle (above and at top), as well as volunteers, apparatus and fire police from the Upper Pottsgrove and Ringing Hill fire companies.
Their tanker, tower, and ladder trucks, and ancillary vehicles lined the right lane of the hilly driveway leading to the school as firefighters awaited further instructions if needed. Meanwhile, fire police blocked the entrance to the school and kept the highway’s limited traffic moving without disruption.
Once the all-clear was sounded, Pottsgrove’s custodians returned to their nightly duties, Shirk said. As a result, the school was able to “resume a regular, in-person schedule today (Tuesday).”
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