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August 24, 2022

Gun shipment mistakenly delivered to Chester High School by FedEx

The boxes containing the firearms had been locked inside the school over the weekend until the error was discovered Monday

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FedEx mistakenly delivered six guns to Chester High School in Delaware County last week. They were supposed to go to an auto repair shop in Chester Township. Students return for the first day of classes on Monday.

Chester High School accidentally received a shipment of firearms from FedEx on Friday due to a typo in the delivery address.

School administrators thought the shipment may have been textbooks because the first day of school is Monday. But it contained six .30 caliber M1 rifles, a FedEx spokesperson said.

The weapons were supposed to be delivered to an auto repair shop on West Ninth Street in nearby Chester Township. The high school is located on West Ninth Street in the city of Chester. Police determined there was no criminal intent on the part of the buyer, who has a gun license. 

The Chester Upland School District acknowledged the incident in a letter to parents Monday night. The boxes containing the guns had been placed inside the school's loading dock Friday. They remained locked inside the Delaware County school over the weekend because they did not appear suspicious, the Delco Times reported.

A representative for FedEx had returned to the school Monday and informed administrators of the mistake. Police came to the school, opened the boxes and returned the guns to FedEx. There were not any students in the building at the time.

FedEx regrets that the situation happened and is cooperating with investigators, company spokesperson Heather Wilson said.

"We appreciate Chester High School and local authorities working with us to quickly retrieve the shipment," she said. "We immediately conducted a review of the situation and are addressing the matter internally.

This article was edited after it was initially published.