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Gun rumor locks down Penn Hills High School

Dillon Carr
| Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
The main entrance at Penn Hills High School.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
The main entrance at Penn Hills High School.

Penn Hills High School was put into a lockdown and the students were sent home early Thursday after a rumor surfaced that a student planned to bring a gun to harm students during dismissal.

Police Chief Howard Burton said several senior high students reported another student planned to bring a gun into the school.

“He had a student's name, and he investigated, but (the student) was not in school,” Burton said. “At no time was there a gun on school property or were students in danger.”

As a precaution, Penn Hills School District spokeswoman Teresita Kolenchak said the school went into lockdown while police searched in and out of the school.

“Once the police completed their inspection ... students were dismissed,” she wrote in an email.

“We're still trying to get to the bottom of it,” Burton said.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325.

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