Princeton Times


December 4, 2012

Princeton Police: No gun found on Mercer school bus

PRINCETON — An early morning scare turned out to be a false alarm on one Mercer County school bus Tuesday.

“Mercer 911 got a call of a student who might have possibly had a firearm on the bus,” Princeton Police Department Capt. P.W. Hill said Tuesday morning. “He was found not to have a weapon.”

Hill said a bus monitor on the vehicle informed the driver that the boy allegedly had a gun inside his backpack.

When Princeton Police got the call to respond to a potential emergency, the bus was stationed at Princeton Middle School. No children were allowed to leave the vehicle until officers arrived and searched the backpack.

“He was never taken into custody,” Hill said. “The check was made. He had no way to get rid of anything or get anything off of the bus.”

Once the bus and the backpack in question were searched, Hill said the students on board were released to attend classes.

No charges were filed in the matter.

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