Umbrella, Not Gun, Prompts School Lockdown

The lockdown was brief and was initiated after school security saw some "suspicious activity" in the hallway

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    Parents pulled their children from Upper Dublin High School on Monday after reports of someone having a gun. The school went on lockdown just before 9 a.m. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports that no weapon was found. (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012)

    Upper Dublin High School went on lockdown just before 9 a.m. Monday after what police call a "suspicious incident."

    The lockdown was very brief and police tell NBC10 it was initiated after school security saw four students in the hall with what looked like a long gun.

    Lockdown Shakes Up Students, Parents

    [PHI] Lockdown Shakes Up Students, Parents
    Parents rushed to Upper Dublin High School early Monday after hearing about a school lockdown. The lockdown was very brief and police say it was prompted by school security workers, who thought they saw four male students with a long gun. And as NBC10's Christine Maddela reports, it turned out to be an umbrella, but the scare was enough to shake up students and their parents. (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012)

    Investigators say the suspected gun turned out to be a long umbrella.

    "All the kids were scared. All the kids in there were crying and they just want their parents," said parent Heather Saraceni.

    The four male students were questioned by police.

    Parents were emotional as they showed up after hearing about the lockdown. Some heard the news after receiving a text message from their kids inside the school.

    "I just took off from work, and I said I'm coming there and I'm coming to get you right now," said Saraceni.

    "I got a text message from my son saying that the high school was on lockdown, so I decided I better get over here and figure out what's going on," said parent Tony Davis.

    Upper Dublin High School is located at 801 Loch Alsh Avenue in Fort Washington.

    This lockdown scare comes amid nationwide concerns over school security, on the first school day since a gunman shot and killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


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