Hazleton Area holds school safety forum


HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some schools in our area are stepping up security measures to keep students safe following the mass shooting in Florida.
Wednesday night the Hazleton Area School District held a special forum to get the community involved in the conversation, but most of the seats were empty.  Only a handful of people showed up to share their concerns.

School District Police Chief Ed Harry said Hazleton Area is taking a proactive approach.

Students already take part in lockdown drills, officers are armed with new equipment, and the district is installing a high-tech camera security system, but school officials aren’t stopping there.

During the regular meeting before this discussion, the board voted unanimously to buy 150 lockdown kits with a grant.

They’re also reaching out to elementary school students with a children’s book inspired by the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

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