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Intruder Sparks Evacuation at Parkland High School

Police from throughout Lehigh County responded to an emergency report at Parkland High School Friday evening.

Updated Saturday, Sept. 15:

The manhunt for an intruder at Parkland High School

Law enforcement and school officials said a high school student trying to get in shape for military boot camp inadvertently triggered the massive emergency response Friday. His behavior had appeared suspicious to a Parkland teacher, but it was innocent, officials said.

Updated 8 p.m, Friday, Sept. 14:

Police are searching for an intruder - preliminary reports say a white man wearing camouflage pants - who fled when approached at , 2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., before 6 p.m. Friday.

Traffic in that area of Cedar Crest is being diverted.

All students are out of the high school and the building was locked down as of 6:30 p.m.

The intruder is described as wearing camouflage pants and a tan vest with something "very bulky" underneath, according to a Breaking News Network alert.

The Morning Call reports that a student said a guy with a "packed vest" is in the school.

Activities including tonight's volleyball game at the school have been canceled. This week's football game is at Northampton High School.

The response includes a K-9 unit, mobile command unit, SWAT officers and a state police helicopter. A command post has been set up south of the high school in the lower parking lot. Police units from across Lehigh County are responding.

Nicole McGalla, district spokeswoman, said the Parkland football team, band and cheerleaders will not be brought back to the high school after the football game against Northampton. Instead, students will be dropped off at the district's Troxell Building on Cedar Crest Boulevard on school buses. With access to the high school prohibited because of the on-going activity, any students who left their cars at the high school won't be able to pick them up until Saturday

Parkland recently  and multiple casualties on school property. Dozens of police and emergency responders participated in the drill last month. A similar drill was also held at a Nazareth school over the summer.

Mary Ellen Alu September 15, 2012 at 02:31 AM
No intruder @Parkland. High School student exercising, trying to get in shape for military. He paused at flag pole, sweating, and said prayer and ran off. Looked suspicious to a teacher, who called Comm Center
Rush is Right September 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
would love a follow up story on how much this cost the taxpayers, a helicopter being involved has got to make the costs skyrocket
Joann September 15, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I was at that game today at 500 pm . And if that guy would have turned out to have a weapon. and some of the people would have been killed .Then all of you would be greatful that that teacher took the action they did. You never know today. And as of the money it cost , it can be replaced but a human body can't . I would like to thank all the officers for their time and courage and the teacher who took action !
Wallst September 15, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Thanks for your post, Joann. You're about the only one that makes sense. "Rush is Right" is only worried about how many pennies is coming out of pocket, and to hell with kids and teachers lives. Typical republican.
Retired Tech. September 15, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Always some idiot has to throw in politics into it.

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