State College police on Friday morning were called to Easterly Parkway Elementary School for a report of a person attempting to gain unauthorized entry into the building, according to a post from Superintendent Bob O’Donnell on the State College Area School District Facebook page.
The situation occurred at about 10:45 a.m., according to O’Donnell, when a man tried to gain unauthorized access to the school through the main entry, but was stopped due to the security measures put in place. He was quickly apprehended about a block away after the secretaries called police.
The police investigation revealed that Shane David Valence, 26, of Clearfield, had attempted to enter the school, ran after being denied entry and confronted a witness. He was arrested and “found to be under the influence of controlled substances and hallucinating about the shooting and about people chasing him,” according to police.
“In this instance, our security system worked as planned. However, as always with security matters, our district team will review not only what happened this morning, but also our security measures districtwide,” O’Donnell said.
A K-9 sweep of the school grounds and immediate areas after the incident revealed no evidence that a firearm was ever involved in the incident.
Valence was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of his drug use and has been charged with disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and public drunkenness.
“The safety of our schools is a top priority for the State College Police Department,” police said in a statement. “A review of this event verified that measures taken by staff at Easterly Parkway Elementary prevented this individual from gaining access to the school. The immediate and precise reporting by the 911 caller greatly assisted police with his immediate capture. We encourage the public to stay vigilant to suspicious behavior, and accurately report events to police.”
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