I-Team: Hazleton Schools Cut Back on Metal Detectors

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HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The Hazleton Area School District is changing its stance on security.  Why the change in plans? The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick takes a look.

Metal detectors were placed  inside the Hazleton Area High School and in all 13 schools in the District in 2013. The goal was simple to prevent weapons from being brought into the schools.. but the district says there have been issues with the detectors.

 
“As much as we would like to believe or have believed detectors will catch everything admittedly   that was a false assumption.”  said Dr. Craig Butler, the Superintendent of the Hazleton Area School District.

  Dr. Craig Butler says some weapons got through the system..

 
“Certain weapons have gotten past metal detectors the reason for it is we are sending through so many kids so rapidly the machine can’t recuperate or refresh.”

The district says they will now change their strategy..they will use them on a random basis…

Ed Harry is Chief of Security.

 
“You can’t put in a security measure in place and just leave it like that forever because the people who’s mind set is to circumvent that security measure they adapt to it”

Some parents say they don’t agree with the district’s decision.

Others like Merisol Lopez just want her son to be safe…”Whatever keeps the children safe. I’m all for it. If this system as to slow or other system would be better whatever school district decides I’m all for it”

While there may be some disagreement from parents as to how to use the metal detectors that all agree that safety must be the top priority. Inside Hazleton Area High School.

 

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