Bear charges cop after school lockdown outside Philadelphia

    Police are manning the area around a suburban Philadelphia elementary school after an officer was charged by a bear.

    Ithan Elementary School, in Bryn Mawr, had been on lockdown Tuesday over a bear sighting in the morning.

    Radnor motorcycle officer Lt. Christopher Flanagan tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the bear came right after him and he had to “dump” his bike.

    He says the bear came out of the woods and was running parallel him before charging. Flanagan says he hurriedly returned to the school on foot.

    The school is surrounded by woods and set on 54 acres.

    Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are searching for the bear.

    Another bear sighting was reported in the St. David’s section of Radnor Township on Saturday, less than five miles from the schoo

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