Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Millersville University Lockdown

Millersville University Lockdown

As I drove through Millersville, PA this morning, traffic was blocked on North George Street, the main thoroughfare past the University.  There were several Millersville University police cars, a policewoman directing traffic, and what looked like a TV news crew truck.

At first I thought it must have been another vising politician.  With the Pennsylvania presidential primary scheduled for April 22, Hillary had been here last week with a large police entourage, and Senator Obama was in Lancaster earlier this week.

It turned out that the University was under lockdown for 90 minutes.  A student had reported to police that he was afraid of another student.  He apparently believed that the other student had a gun and was a threat to the student body.  With recent shootings at other universities, such reports are taken very seriously.  A student was detained and taken in for questioning.

Penn Manor High School and Eshleman Elementary Schools, both nearby and in the Penn Manor School District, were also locked down.

Students were told to remain calm, to stay inside their buildings, and that they were not in danger.

 

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Comment balloon 6 commentsBrian Schulman • April 01 2008 05:34PM

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This was so scary.  Of course, when I heard about it I had to immediately access the news on my Treo.  Having one child away at school and preparing to send another one away, I become especially emotional when I hear news like this.  Luckily, they had it under control in no time and there were no injuries. 
Posted by Jeannie Kontis about 10 years ago
What a world!!
Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Jeannie, they handled it all very professionally.  No panic, but they took all precautions and moved swiftly.  In today's atmosphere, that's what's needed.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago
Joan, ain't it the truth!
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago
Brian - There was a time when school could be considered one of the safest place, not anymore.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago
Jennifer, It's true - but at least, with some of the crazy things that have happened in recent years, the University and the school district take safety seriously and were well prepared.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago

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