Suspicious person at Cedar Crest did not pose threat, district says


Police searched the Cedar Crest school campus after a suspicious person was reported during a fire alarm Tuesday morning and later determined there was no threat.

Cornwall-Lebanon superintendent Dr. Philip Domencic said the two incidents were not related but created a “heightened sense of awareness” until investigators figured out what had happened.

Domencic said the fire alarm at the middle school was triggered by a faulty sensor.

The alarm sounded as students were arriving for the day, so they were sent to the high school. During that time, Domencic said the “suspicious individual” was seen on the campus.

Police responded to search the buildings, and all high school and middle school students “were safe in a secure lockdown” during the sweep, Domencic said.

Domencic said the suspicious person was later identified through video surveillance. Police located and questioned the person and determined there was no threat. 

The person is a student at a private school and has transportation provided by the district.

“Ultimately, It has been determined that this situation arose due to a simple cultural and language misunderstanding,” Domencic said in a statement. “No disrespect or maliciousness was ever intended.”

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