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Former Employee Stabs Another Employee at Main Line Hebrew School: Police

A former employee of a Main Line Hebrew academy went into the school and stabbed another employee as class got underway Monday morning, according to Radnor Twp. Police Superintendent Bill Colarulo.

Ivan Moore, a 32-year-old ex-kitchen employee at the Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Ave., stabbed a current kitchen employee in the head and neck before throwing bleach on the victim, police said.

The 50-year-old victim told police Moore approached him, took out a knife and began stabbing him. Following the stabbing, Moore allegedly ran from the campus and hopped on a SEPTA train at the Haverford station.

Radnor Police searched the area and received information that Moore had boarded the SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line on the inbound side towards Upper Darby. The information was then sent to Haverford Township and Upper Darby Police Departments and officers stopped the train at the Overbrook station where they found Moore, officials said.

Moore was taken off the train and arrested. He is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime, possession of a weapon on school property, criminal trespass and harassment. 

The victim was transported to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he is in serious condition. 

During the search for Moore, the Academy was placed on lockdown. 

"As a precautionary measure, our school immediately followed our lock down procedure and at no time was any student or employee in any danger," said Head of School Sharon P. Levin on the academy's Facebook page.

Radnor Police later lifted the lockdown after determining there was no direct threat to any of the students. 

This was the second time township police were called to the school in the last six months. In Nov. 2014, someone brought a bag of ammunition into the academy.

No one was hurt in that incident.

Barrack Hebrew Academy serves student in grades 6 to 12 on its 35-acre campus. The school opened in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy and is the oldest pluralistic, coeducational Jewish day school in North America, according to the school’s website.

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