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Police: Alleged Knife Incident Scared Kids at School Dance, Drugs Were ‘a Rumor’

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An incident involving a student who allegedly brought a knife to a Saucon Valley Middle School homecoming dance Friday did not involve drugs, despite comments posted by some parents on social media stating that it did, Lower Saucon Township Police said in a news release Monday.

Many of those comments were based upon reports provided by students who were at the evening dance.

According to police, officers were dispatched for an incident and upon arrival at the dance learned the school was investigating possible drug activity, but determined “the drug activity was…never true at all and was nothing more than a rumor.”

Police confirmed information provided by school district Supt. Monica McHale-Small over the weekend: namely, that the 14-year-old male student never displayed or threatened anyone with the knife he allegedly had in his possession.

The boy turned the knife over to school officials when asked, but later “ran out of the school office” when he became nervous, only to be apprehended and returned to the school office, police also confirmed.

“No one at that time was in harm, however, other students with limited knowledge of what was going on became scared and wanted to go home with their parents,” police said.

The boy will be charged as a juvenile with possession of a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct, and “the school will handle their own discipline on the matter,” the release stated.


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