Pine-Richland on heightened security after bullet found

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 11:01 AM


Pine-Richland High School operated on Thursday under heightened security measures following the discovery of a nine-millimeter bullet in the cafeteria on Wednesday.

“Our detectives are still currently working the case,” said Northern Regional Police Department captain John Sicilia on Thursday afternoon. He confirmed that increased police presence on campus will continue.

School officials outlined the details of the heightened security in an email to families sent on Wednesday night.

Students were not permitted to bring backpacks or other types of bags into the school Thursday unless they were clear. Instrument cases were permitted but opened and searched. There was also a general search conducted with students as they returned to school.

On Wednesday, a student found the bullet and gave it to a staff member who then gave it to school administrators and they activated the safety response team. There was no specific threat, however, the high school operated on a modified lockdown and there was an additional presence from the Northern Regional Police Department on campus.

With the investigation ongoing, school officials urged anyone with information or related concerns to call the tip line, which is monitored by police at (724) 449-TIPS.