COAL TOWNSHIP — Shamokin Area Middle/High School was on a three-hour lockdown Wednesday morning after a bullet was found on the floor outside of a classroom.

The lockdown began around 9:30 a.m. and Coal Township police were immediately contacted. With the assistance of the Shamokin Police Department, Northumberland County Sheriff’s Department and Shamokin Area School District security staff, a full search and sweep the building was conducted.

The middle/high school’s approximate 1,200 students were each searched with a wand unit as well, according to Coal Township Detective Matthew Hashuga. A search of every locker was also conducted.

Superintendent Chris Venna said with the exception of a lighter, no contraband was found on school property.

Hashuga categorized the incident as a low-level threat, but said each threat level undergoes a thorough investigation to guarantee safety of all students.

Hashuga commended everyone for working well together and make sure the building was safe and secure.

In a statement from the district, Venna said, “I would like to personally thank all law enforcement personnel and Shamokin Area staff for the outstanding teamwork displayed today. We are certainly committed to our students’ and staff’s safety and well-being and we will use all necessary legal procedures to ensure that safety.”

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