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Security back to normal at Pa. schools

March 17, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Security returned to normal in all schools in the Waynesboro Area School District Tuesday after the schools' doors were locked Monday following reports of threats stemming from the fatal shooting of a Waynesboro man in Hagerstown on Sunday.

Waynesboro Superintendent of Schools Barry Dallara said the enhanced security status was put into place Monday as a precaution when administrators responded to what he referred to as "rumors and innuendoes."

Washington Township Police chief Monday referred to the situation as a "lockdown." Two Waynesboro schools are in the township.

Police in Hagerstown issued an arrest warrant Sunday for Azaniah Blankumsee, 25, address unknown, in connection with the fatal shooting of Jonathan M. Dennis, 19, of Cleveland Avenue in Waynesboro. Blankumsee was still at large Tuesday night.

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"At no time did we have any hard information of an imminent threat," Dallara said. "This was a precautionary measure."

Dallara said that under enhanced security status all building entrances are locked and one main entrance is used for visitors as well as students coming and going from appointments or activities.

School police are placed at the main entrance to escort visitors to the office, according to a statement issued by Dallara. Local police make periodic checks with school police and school administration officials.

Teachers also are instructed to keep their classroom doors closed, Dallara said.

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