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False report of gun puts Belle Vernon high school on lockdown

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Thursday, May 22, 2014, 1:57 p.m.

Nothing was found at Belle Vernon Area High School Thursday after the school was put on lockdown for a few hours in response to a gun threat found in a girl's restroom, according to district Superintendent John Wilkinson.

At 11:15 a.m. a student reported finding a handwritten message on a wall in the third-floor bathroom indicating that someone at the school had a gun, Wilkinson said. The school was placed on lockdown and police were called.

Each of the students was scanned by a metal detector and backpacks and purses were searched. K-9 officers from Westmoreland County Park Police and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office searched lockers.

Students were released about 30 minutes later than the usual day ends.

Rostraver Township police Lt. John Christner said in a news release that no firearms were found in the school.

Wilkinson called the threat a “copycat” incident to a lockdown Wednesday at a Beaver County high school after a message referring to a gun was found in a restroom. Police at Ambridge found a student with a knife.

Police are reviewing video surveillance. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-929-8811.

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