A Drexel Hill Catholic high school was placed on lockdown Wednesday after police found a gun, ammunition and marijuana inside a student’s locker, according to officials.
A spokesman for the Philadelphia Archdiocese said school administrators at Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School received a report that a student had brought a firearm and drugs on campus. The school contacted Upper Darby Police who quickly responded.
The school was placed on lockdown as police searched through the building. Officials say police found a weapon inside one of the lockers as well as ammunition and marijuana on campus. No one was harmed during the incident and the lockdown was later lifted. All extracurricular activities took place on a normal schedule Wednesday afternoon and classes will operate normally Thursday.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Philly Voice four students in all were arrested, two on marijuana charges and two on gun violations, in connection to the incident. Chitwood said another student witnessed the suspects, three of whom are students between the ages of 15 and 17, conducting a drug deal at a trolley stop across the street from the school at Lansdowne Avenue and Garrett Road shortly after 11 a.m. The student then told school officials who contacted police.
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A fifth student will also face charges as a juvenile, reported the AP.
School officials contacted parents and informed them of the incident. Police continue to investigate.