Bullet found at Valley High School in New Kensington prompts lockdown

A Westmoreland County high school was put on lockdown Tuesday morning after a live round was found in a bathroom.

The lockdown disrupted the start of the school day at Valley High School as police worked to sweep the building, looking for any weapons or ammo after a bullet was found in one of the school’s bathrooms.

“Three hours, around 10:40, 10:50, 11:00 I guess is whenever we were released from lockdown,” said Collin Scholl, a senior.

In a message sent to parents, the school district administration said New Kensington Police as well as Pittsburgh City trained K9s searched the building. They also looked over surveillance video before lifting lockdown and resuming classes as normal.

Scholl said it wasn’t nerve wracking.

“We were all calm,” Scholl said. “With the middle school here, it started to get a little ruckus upstairs, but we were all calm where we were, at least where I was.”

Nothing additional was found in the school while police searched during the nearly three hour lockdown. The superintendent announced that in a second message to parents saying, “I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in ensuring the safety and security of our school community. Your cooperation and support during this challenging time was invaluable. "

Scholl said he’s glad the school handled it the way they did.

“Very thankful, actually,” he told Channel 11′s Andrew Havranek. “Because of it, it makes us feel really safe and calm during these situations.”

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