'Inappropriate' item taken to Ligonier Valley school
Ligonier Township police were called to R.K. Mellon Elementary School this week because school officials said a student brought something “inappropriate” into the building.
There was no weapon or threat of a weapon, according to Chris Oldham, superintendent of Ligonier Valley School District.
“A student brought something inappropriate to school. It did not meet the definition of weapon under the Pennsylvania Public School Code,” she said. “No threats were made to students, staff or the building.”
She declined to release further details about the incident on Tuesday.
“We handled the disciplinary portion of the incident internally. Then we called the police, to make sure we handled everything appropriately,” Oldham said.
Ligonier Township police Chief Mike Matrunics said police were at the school Tuesday but confirmed there was no danger to students.
Oldham said she was disappointed about the spread of unfounded rumors on social media sites.
“I think it's incredibly irresponsible for adults in the community to use Facebook to spread outright lies,” she said. “It created unnecessary hysteria and caused a disruptive situation for our students and families.”
Oldham said the district will be conducting drills at all schools, including lockdown drills. The drills have been scheduled for some time and have no connection to Tuesday's incident, Oldham said.
Jewels Phraner is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fraud case reopens old wound
- Sewickley Township fraud case reopens old wound for New Stanton woman
- Latrobe woman charged in deadly standoff claims coercion
- Judge OKs Jeannette Glass sale
- Separate trials sought in fatal Murrysville DUI
- Ex-cop from Irwin gets jail for drug sales while posing as officer
- Greensburg man sentenced for heroin sales
- Slide stabilization project delayed in Hempfield
- Future stars welcome at Stage Right! camp in Greensburg
- Police caution residents after Murrysville vehicle break-ins
- Yarn brigade envelops South Greensburg