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.

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Student Brought Knife to Middle School Dance, Supt. Confirms

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In response to reports being circulated by students and parents, Saucon Valley School District Supt. Monica McHale-Small confirmed Saturday that a middle school homecoming dance held Friday night was briefly marred by an incident involving a student who allegedly brought a knife to what should have been an uneventful evening. McHale-Small said in a statement that other students reported the boy to staff chaperones, who alerted an interim administrator and a police officer who was already at the dance providing security. The administrator and police officer then questioned the boy, who admitted to having a knife with him, she said. “He never made any threats, nor did he display the knife,” she said.

SV Dance Conservatory Students Award Winners at Competition

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This weekend students from Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory in Hellertown participated in Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem. SVDC’s competition team received many Platinum awards, specialty judges awards, top category awards and top overall high score awards. SVDC’s Sapphire team–consisting of Natalie Chambers, Emma Harvey, Keira Fleming, Ava Dyer, Peyton Markle, Caitlin Kernick, and choreographed by Miss Sarah Terry–received the highest scoring group (11 and under) out of the whole weekend along with a platinum award, specialty judges award, first in the Contemporary category and first in overall small groups. Other notable award winners (solo/duo/trio/groups) who achieved platinum and high score awards are: Valerie Pena, Haley Clark, Meghan Fainor, Mia Porter, Olivia Brucker, Hailey Fleming, Caylin Markle, Miranda Bloch, Payton Johnson, Kaleigh Dyer, Josylnn Rose, Amanda Borovies, Jadyn DeBard, Ashley Olimpo, Madison Bauman, Angela Madajewski, Avery Bostick and Paige Rosenberger. Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory is currently celebrating their 20th anniversary.