Stray Bullet Hits Window of School Classroom

Police say the bullet came from a group of people who were target-shooting about a half-mile from the Middle Smithfield Township school

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    Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a stray bullet hit the window of an elementary school, but nobody was hurt.

    State troopers say the bullet came from a group of people, ages 17-21, who were target-shooting about a half-mile from Resica Elementary School in Middle Smithfield Township Thursday.

    “By all indications, they were just target practicing. It was not an intentional act,” according to Lt. Robert Bartal of Troop N State Police.

    The female teacher told the students to get down by lockers in the room and called the school principal who notified school security. The security chief then called state police, according to the Pocono Record.

    “The staff responded absolutely appropriately, said school superintendent Sharon Laverdure. “This is why it is so important to be prepared.”

    Officials say the bullet broke the outer glass of a double-paned window, but did not enter a second-grade classroom. Police tell the Pocono Record the damage does not appear to be intentional.

    Police say troopers who arrived at the scene could still hear gunshots and were able to track down the shooters.

    Police will confer with the Monroe County district attorney to determine if charges will be filed.

    The school district is holding a question-and-answer session for parents at 3:45 p.m. today at the school, the Pocono Record reports.


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