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Metal Detector Policy Begins At Wyoming Area

March 20, 2018 GMT

The Wyoming Area Secondary Center began using metal detectors for everyone entering when the school day began Monday.

All bags were also inspected, school district Superintendent Janet Serino said. The change comes after a threatening message written on a restroom wall caused a day-long lockdown at the school Thursday.

“The lines were long but moved rather quickly,” Serino said in an email. “The line went about fifteen minutes longer than we would have liked, but we believe that a few adjustments will allow things to move faster.”

The school had two metal detectors, but they were used randomly. The district didn’t have enough staff to require everyone entering to go through metal detectors, but the district now will pay constables to help the district’s school resource officer and administrators with new security procedures.

“We also have a constable at our entrance for anyone entering the school during the school day,” Serino said. “Students were very cooperative and many expressed a comfort level of safety with the utilization of the metal detectors.”

A week after the Feb. 14 shooting deaths of 17 at a Florida high school, the Wilkes-Barre Area District began requiring everyone entering its three high schools to go through metal detectors. Wilkes-Barre Area also had been using metal detectors randomly but had a security force available for the new security requirement.

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