.

School Secured After Man Seen Hunting With Dogs

The early afternoon incident took place at the Spring-Ford intermediate school.

A man hunting with his dogs led to a police response near a Spring-Ford school on Thursday afternoon.

The 70-year-old Spring City man was hunting legally and not on the property of the Spring-Ford Intermediate School when police interviewed him, according to Sgt. Robert Solorio of the Upper Providence Police.

According to an email sent to parents by the Spring-Ford Area School District, school officials received a report at about 12:35 p.m. of a hunter walking on the north side of Route 422, adjacent to the school.

"Immediately, the police, the school principal, and our security were informed of the situation.  Any students out for recess were quickly returned to their classrooms," the district's email said.

The man was carrying a shotgun, wearing orange hunter's clothing, and accompanied by his four beagles when school security located him, Solorio said. No charges will be filed.

The school district said that neither students nor staff were ever in danger.

Earlier story and updates below.

Update 3:25pm:

Sergeant Robert Solorio from the Upper Providence Police Department confirmed that police located a 70-year-old Spring City man in a wooded area in the school's vicinity. After police interviewed him, it was determined he was hunting legally. He was dressed in orange hunting gear and accompanied by four beagles. Police said the man was not on school property. No charges will be filed. 

Earlier:

A "hunter" walking along the side of Route 422 near the Spring-Ford School District caused a police response early Thursday afternoon, the school district said in a notification sent to parents via email.

The incident reportedly took place at about 12:35 p.m.

"A phone call was received by the District Office that a hunter was seen walking on the 5th-7th Grade side of Route 422," the district's statement said.

Police and school faculty were notified and students who were at outdoor recess were brought inside, the district said.

The school district said that the "gentleman" was located and the situation was being handled by Upper Providence Township Police.

Reached by telephone, a representative of the Upper Providence Police Department who would only identify herself as "Kathy" declined to confirm whether an individual was in custody, whether police had located a "hunter" near the school, or whether any charges would be filed.

"At no time were the students or staff in any danger," the district said.

Michele Fultz February 08, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Thanks to the concerned citizen, police and school for their swift and safe response!
tom reese February 08, 2013 at 12:07 PM
This is what has been created with all the horrible things that sick people have been involved in. It clearly states that the guy was hunting legally, but the response was overkill. What has happened to our world?
Patricia Gramm February 08, 2013 at 12:35 PM
There shouldn't even be a legal hunting area near any school where there are children playing outside for recess. People have been known to accidentally kill there hunting partners. What happens if a stray bullet finds its way to where the kids are playing.
Fauxy February 08, 2013 at 02:20 PM
"Legally hunting". There in lies the problem. Just because there are trees across the street from me doesn't mean I feel comfortable letting my kids outside when there's a man with a gun wandering around. He misses a deer or bird and my kid gets hit. Last I heard property lines don't stop bullets. People fire guns in the air, the bullets come down and kill people? Hear it every New Year!
Patricia Gramm February 08, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Well said, Fauxy!
Anne Wilhelm February 08, 2013 at 02:57 PM
The hunter was within his rights, and was apparently hunting safely. The police and school acted appropriately (like the comments above, accidents happen, and school shooters happen) Going forward, it seems like there is a zoning issue that needs to be addressed by Upper Providence Township.
Joe D February 08, 2013 at 07:45 PM
What was he hunting?
Michele Fultz February 09, 2013 at 04:10 PM
No overkill here. Just a proactive response to a man with a gun walking near a school. As a parent, I appreciate everyone's collective actions. I support hunters, and I support keeping our children safe.
Cheryl Douglas February 09, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Good point, Michelle. Everyone calm down & take a deep breath. If the gentleman wishes to go hunting (for rabbits or whatever) and he's within the limits of the law, RELAX.
Roc J February 10, 2013 at 03:02 AM
I question the determination that he was hunting legally. The Pennsylvania Game and Wildlife Code creates safety zones and makes it illegal to hunt within 150 yards of any occupied residence or building or within 150 yards of any playground of a school. If he was within 150 yards of the school or any play area outside the school, he was not hunting legally. At the very least, hopefully the police told him to stay away from the school in the future.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something