Update: Item found at Bethany High School was potato gun, superintendent says

Police placed Bethany High School on lockdown Friday afternoon after a suspicious device was found at the school.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: April 26, 2013
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5:05 p.m. Bethany Schools Superintendent Kent Shellenberger said the item found at the high school was a portion of a potato gun. The piece of PVC pipe could be used to launch a potato or other projectile, he said. There was no explosive charge or accelerant, he said.

Shellenberger said the potato gun was brought on campus by a student who has not been identified yet. The high school was on lockdown for about two hours.

3:15 p.m. BETHANY — Police placed Bethany High School on lockdown Friday afternoon after a suspicious device was found at the school.

An employee who answered the phone at the Bethany Public Schools administration building said the high school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. Nearby early childhood education students were released to their parents, she said.

Bethany police are at the school investigating the device.