Gun found at JT high school; in separate incident, man had knife at Lansford bus stop
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe, Nesquehoning and Kidder Township police, as well as state police, responded to Jim Thorpe Area High School this morning.
Police discovered a weapon this morning at Jim Thorpe Area High School and another man reportedly had a knife at a Lansford bus stop.
According to scanner and school reports, police from several communities responded to Jim Thorpe Area High School about 9 a.m. when it was reported that a student had a gun in a gym bag.
The student was reportedly taken into custody by police. Scanner reports said someone was being taken to the police station.
Police established a perimeter around the school.
Details were sketchy at press time, except for a recorded call made to parents from Dr. Barbara Conway, superintendent of the district at 9:25 a.m.
Conway said, "We had a report of a possible weapon at the high school. State and local police were called to search the school."
The building was placed in lockdown, Conway said.
She confirmed in the call that a weapon had been recovered, but did not give details.
Conway stressed, "All students and staff are safe. There was never any threat to them."
L.B. Morris and Penn Kidder schools were never placed in lockdown, Conway said, asking parents to refrain from calling the high school to keep lines open for the police.
Conway stressed again, "Students and staff were never in any danger,"and said she would update parents as soon as possible.
She added, "Everyone is safe and we're moving forward."
Jim Thorpe Police were assisted at the school by Nesquehoning police, Kidder Township police, and state police.
Just before 10:15 a.m., Conway called parents again and said the school was moving out of full lockdown and into "non-intruder lockdown." She said that was a step down from full lockdown and that police were still on the scene.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Conway called parents to say the lockdown was lifted and students were no longer on restricted movement. "Everything is proceeding as normal," Conway said.
She added that everything went according to the school's crisis plan.
Around the same time this morning in Lansford, a 27-year-old man reportedly displayed a knife at a bus stop.
The incident was reported to school officials, who notified police.
The individual was identified and police were handling the matter.
Detective Jack Soberick said he has not located the individual to question him.
Soberick said he was at the bus stop and nobody informed him of the knife. The police detective added that the student told the crossing guard, who in turn reported it to the school officials.
Police said they don't know if charges will be filed until their investigation is complete. Besides interviewing the suspect, they also will interview the student who witnessed the knife.