ROYERSFORD PA – Officials at Pope John Paul II High School, 181 Rittenhouse Rd., locked the building down Wednesday morning (Oct. 24) for an unspecified period of time because “there was a situation … that at first was perceived as a threat,” a spokesperson with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said, but added that “later turned out not to be the case.”
There were no reported injuries or other disturbances, and the lock-down – which is understood to consist of confining all students and staff within the building, and barring any members of the public from entering – was lifted later during the day.
“Because safety is of the utmost importance, the administration followed standard operating procedures by securing the school and contacting the Upper Providence Township Police Department,” the spokesperson noted. “Upon further investigation it was determined that no threat existed and the school day continued as normal. Parents were notified of the situation,” she said.
The archdiocese owns the school but has turned its operations over to the Philadelphia-based Faith in the Future Foundation.
The spokesperson declined to comment on whether Wednesday’s lock-down was related to a widely-broadcast flurry of chatter Tuesday (Oct. 24) on Twitter and Facebook, most of which alleged an inappropriate contact between two students had occurred on the school’s grounds. Such conduct, if true, “would fall under our internal discipline policy. We don’t discuss disciplinary situations involving our students,” she said.
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