An alert was sent to parents of children at a Montgomery County elementary school after security guards found a gun inside the car of a substitute teacher in the parking lot, officials said.
A guard at Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, first noticed a car that was illegally parked in the school parking lot Thursday afternoon. While waiting for the driver to return, the guard noticed a gun inside the car, according to officials.
The guard immediately contacted Whitemarsh Police, a school district safety officer and the school’s principal. Police arrived shortly after and the driver of the car then returned. Police then removed the driver from the school’s campus.
In a letter to parents, the Colonial School District Superintendent said the driver was not an employee with the school but does work for the Substitute Service that the district contracts.
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“This individual will not be permitted to return to Colonial School District,” the superintendent wrote.
Officials say no students or staff were in harm’s way at any time and a lockdown was not ordered since the vehicle was empty and monitored once the security guard spotted the gun.
“However, the Colonial School District strictly prohibits the possession of a weapon on school property,” the superintendent wrote. “Furthermore, it is a violation of state law to possess a weapon on school grounds.”
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No charges have been filed as police continue to investigate.