Theft of a cell phone from a Borough High School student while she was out for lunch on Monday is prompting administrators to keep students inside for lunch on Tuesday, maybe longer, according to High School Principal Kurt Karcich.
The following alert was just issued through telephone, text and email to all high school parents registered with the district's Honeywell alert system.
"This is High School Principal Kurt Karcich, calling to inform you of
a situation that occurred earlier today - three men approached a group
of students, off school grounds, as they were returning to school from
an off-campus lunch. The students were unharmed, however, one of the
men stole a student's cell phone before running away.
The Police Department was notified immediately, and has responded accordingly and are currently investigating the matter.
As a precaution, members of the police force were on-site during
today's school dismissal. As an added safety measure, we will be closing
lunch periods for tomorrow
and possibly longer, pending the results of the police investigation.
For the duration of the lunch period closure, students must remain on
campus for lunch. Students may either bring their lunch or purchase
lunch in the cafeteria.
I will keep you updated as information becomes
available. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue to work to ensure the safety of our students."
Schools Superintendent Vincent Smith said on Monday afternoon that the cell phone was stolen from a female student who was not hurt, but that he really cannot add to the official statement from the principal since the police are continuing to investigate.
At this time, the name of the victim and the specific location of the theft have not been released.
Patch is waiting for a return phone call from Borough police and will update this story when more information becomes available.