‘Arrest Pending’ in October High School Threat

Lower Pottsgrove commissioners (at top) as they prepared for Thursday’s board meeting

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – “An arrest is pending,” the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners learned Thursday (Nov. 4, 2021), related to an Oct. 18 “terroristic threats” incident that prompted a day-long lock-in of both Pottsgrove High and nearby Ringing Rocks Elementary schools.

The alleged offender earlier was reported to be an 18-year-old male suspect who Pottsgrove School District officials said lived outside the area and was not a district student. He was identified “within several hours” and apprehended the same day, according to a monthly township police department report received by commissioners. Details about the suspect have not yet been revealed.

The report, presented to the board during its first of two November meetings, also did not specifically indicate when an arrest would be made or what charges might be brought.

However, it credited township police Ofcs. Kevin Black and Christopher Vasek, and Detective-Sergeant Joseph Campbell, with working “to assure that the students, faculty and staff of the high school were safe to continue daily activities throughout the school.”

In October, 26 police responses at high school

The Oct. 18 incident was counted among 26 different occasions during the month to which township police responded at the high school, the report noted.

Requests for police department responses in October, it stated, included two assaults, two disorderly conduct incidents, and two disturbances. Police also responded to a “motor vehicle crash” at the school, it noted, as well as additional service calls.

The department no longer provides a daily-on-duty school resource officer (SRO) at the high school. The township and the district earlier this year did not come to terms on an agreement to continue the SRO position. However the township pledged the department would respond as needed to calls from the high school, as it continued to do last month.

The report also said Lower Pottsgrove officers are conducting “foot patrols of the school when they have time,” due to call volume.

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