TRANSFER, Pa. (WKBN) – Classes will resume Wednesday in a Mercer County school district after they were canceled Tuesday.
Students in the Reynolds school district were placed on lockdown after a custodian reported finding a pistol holster on the sidewalk of the elementary building.
Most elementary school students were still on the bus and never even made it into the building before they were sent home. Meanwhile, the junior/ senior high school was searched by police and a gun sniffing K-9 officer.
“They returned to their locker if they needed keys to get in or if they were walking home from school and they needed to get their coats. They were escorted to their lockers and their lockers were searched before they were able to take anything out of them,” said Superintendent Joseph Neuch.
Anxious parents arrived to pick up their children but weren’t told immediately why the students were being sent home.
“I’ll be happy to see them. They kept telling you they are safe. You don’t know your kids are safe until they are in your line of sight,” said Charles Hauser, parent.
Neuch said a wand metal detector was used on each student on their way out of the building.
“That is why it took so long to get everything done. We always want to err on the side of caution,” Neuch said.
After about three hours, the approximately 600 students had exited the building.
No gun was found at the school. Officials said they practice for this type of scenario several times a year and everyone performed well.