The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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December 22, 2012

Police at school in 2 minutes

Bosses praise county dispatchers after threat

By Francis Scarcella

The Daily Item

SUNBURY — The panicked woman pressed 911 on her phone.

Six mornings earlier, almost to the hour, a crazed gunman shot his way into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and massacred 20 children and six staff members.

On Thursday morning, the panicked woman called Northumberland County’s emergency communications center.

Valerie Eisenruth had just spoken to her ex-boyfriend.

After being calmed by dispatchers, Eisenruth said Jeremy Michael Church told her he was going to Priestley Elementary School in Point Township to start shooting.

Church also referenced what Adam Lanza had done at Sandy Hook Elementary School six days earlier, Eisenruth told police.

It was 11:25 a.m.

In the next 120 seconds, law enforcement authorities converged on the Point Township school, its office had been called, and requests made for a lockdown and a conversation with whomever was in charge.

Read more of this story in Sunday's edition of The Daily Item.

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