Officials find no weapon in school after a threat Several students reported that a boy had said he would bring a gun to Wayne Elementary in Radnor.

Posted: March 30, 2001

RADNOR — School officials said no weapon was found after a student at Wayne Elementary School allegedly threatened to bring a gun to school. The situation, they said, was handled without incident, but they declined to elaborate.

Principal Maureen Reusche said that, during the lunch period Tuesday, several students told a supervisor that a male student had made the threat. Reusche said an investigation produced no weapon.

"There was a rumor that a child said he was going to bring a gun to school," she said. "It's a difficult thing these days to deal with. . . . We conducted an internal investigation to determine whether it was actually said, and then from there we followed our standard procedure and contacted the police."

John L. Rutty, deputy superintendent of township police, declined to provide any details.

"We are working in conjunction with the school district," he said, "but it is a juvenile matter, and I cannot discuss details."

School officials sent a letter to parents Wednesday, explaining the procedures for dealing with threatening situations on campus. Those procedures call for Radnor police to investigate and determine whether to refer a case to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Reusche said that, after the incident, teachers instructed students on how to handle similar situations in the future.

"We told students," she said, "that whenever they hear something that they think is inappropriate or threatening, that they should tell an adult."

Kayce T. Ataiyero's e-mail address is kataiyero@phillynews.com.

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