A new state-mandated reporting system led to a school safety scare at Lebanon Catholic today, but tonight officials are saying that the incident is proof the system is working as intended.
According to releases by Lebanon City Police and Lebanon Catholic School, events began to unfold when the school received an anonymous tip through the Safe2Say program that a student may be possessing a stun gun when arriving at school today.
The student was detained by police upon arrival. According to the release, a civilian/consumer style stun gun was found in her backpack, as well as a knife on a lanyard around her neck.
Police say that an investigation yielded no evidence of threats made to her at the school, or that she was threatening any other students while at school. The student, described as a 17-year-old Cornwall Borough resident, was said to have related to police that she possessed the weapons for general safety purposes. Police said they have no reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the school.
According to the release, the juvenile was charged with two counts of Possession of a Weapon on School Property and released to her parents.
“At no time were any students, faculty or staff members in any danger, and no threats were made against Lebanon Catholic,” said principal Deb Waters in a statement to LebTown. “We thank the anonymous tipster who alerted us and the Lebanon City Police Department for their swift response.”
“Because of the policies and procedures in place, the Safe 2 Say Something program operated exactly as intended. Lebanon Catholic School is committed to providing a safe environment and we remind all students and parents to continue to use the Safe 2 Say portal to alert us to any potential incidents.”