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Official: Lehigh Elementary School lock down lifted; suspect in custody

Published On: Mar 12 2014 11:14:14 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 12 2014 12:26:39 PM EDT
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A Northampton County elementary school, locked down Wednesday morning due to reports of a man with a gun, has now been taken off lock down, 69 News has been told.

Lehigh Elementary School at 800 Blue Mountain Dr. in Lehigh Township, went into lock down mode around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday when the district was notified of an incident involving a person with a gun, Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said.

The lock down was lifted around 11:45 a.m., said Kovalchik.


Kovalchik said he wasn't provided detailed information by State Police but said troopers notified him a suspect was in custody and the school no longer needed to be locked down. 

State police had been in the area with local law enforcement, Kovalchik had been told earlier Wednesday morning.  He did not know detailed information about the incident but said, following protocol, the district locked down the school.

Northampton Area School District has its own police department.  One of its officers and a Lehigh Township Police Officer were stationed at Lehigh Elementary School.

Again, details surrounding the police investigation are unclear but the superintendent said he was told by state police that a suspect was in custody and the lock down could be lifted.