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Nonstudents enter LaBrae High, triggering a lockdown of school

Published: Fri, October 12, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



LaBrae High School was on lockdown for 90 minutes Thursday morning after three young men walked into the school who were not students there and were noticed by a teacher.

The three entered about 7:30 a.m. when students arrive for the day, said A.J. Calderone, LaBrae superintendent.

The teacher saw them near the cafeteria where students were having breakfast, notified an administrator, and the two approached the three males, Calderone said.

At that point, the three fled the building and were arrested quickly by Warren Township police, who school officials had notified.

The building was placed on lockdown as police conducted a search for anything the young men may have brought inside, Calderone said, adding that one of the three had a backpack with him.

No weapons were found during the search, and no students were harmed, Calderone added.

Calderone said the teacher who noticed the three nonstudents did a commendable job of being alert to the presence of the three young men and acting the way he did.

The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 21 WFMJ-TV, reports that one of the young men had been released recently from prison in Chicago for burglary.

One of the adults gave alcohol to a juvenile while on school property, WFMJ reported. Automated calls went out to parents informing them of the situation.

A call to the Warren Township Police Department was not returned Thursday.

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