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Youngstown schools will use metal detectors routinely



Published: Wed, August 10, 2011 @ 12:02 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

Students arriving at city schools later this month will see more than just restructured buildings and new programs.

Metal detectors will be used at East High School, Chaney, P. Ross Berry eighth- and ninth-grade academy, Choffin Career and Technical Center and University Project Learning Center, which will be housed at the former Mary Haddow school.

Previously, metal detectors were used for periodic checks, but this school year they will be an everyday feature.

“It’s about safe schools,” Superintendent Connie Hathorn said at a school board meeting Tuesday. “We want safe schools.”

A flier sent to parents of all district children includes information about the increased security.

“In our secondary schools, expect to see police officers and the use of metal detectors,” it says. “Anyone entering our buildings may be subject to a search.”

The district also has the hand-held, wand-style metal detectors that can be used at other schools if needed.

“It’s a deterrent,” said William Morvay, school district security chief.

Hathorn said that dogs also will be used in parking lots and for student lockers, checking for the presence of narcotics.

He acknowledged that some students are fearful of dogs, and said the animals will check the areas away from students.

“We won’t have dogs around any students,” Hathorn said.

Anthony Catale, school board member, questioned whether district personnel can search students if they’re suspected of carrying drugs on their person.

“We have the right to search if we suspect the kid has drugs,” the superintendent said.

In other business, Catale announced that he would not seek a second term on the school board. His term expires at year’s end.

The board also recalled 22 teachers that were laid off last spring, as the district’s financial outlook has improved. The district restructuring plan of schools is projected to save about $2 million annually, and a deal with Eastern Gateway Community College to rent the top floor of Choffin for a branch campus for the community college, will also bring in additional revenue.

One of those who was recalled opted not to return to the job.


Comments

1VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Pretty sad, isn't it, that we have to resort to this as a security feature to protect our children. I don't like it, but we have no other choice. When I was a kid, all young boys carried a pocket knife. Mine was a Boy Scout knife and I was so proud of it. We didn't have gangs, or hoodies, or foul rap music and our parents would beat our hides if we got into trouble. Ah, the good old days!

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

AMEN !!!!! to that Vindyak

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3whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

post a drug Dog while your at it.....

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4andrew1967(36 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This is nuts, when I went to school there back in the 80's (rayen) we didn't have to worry that much, there
where fights and yes I too, got into some being a white boy from the Westside I should have gone to Chaney but it made me who I am today, living here in SLO, CA. I now have children of my own and love
then dearly that's why my choice to home school them shows my love, it
would be criminal of me to send them
to public school, if you Love your children ohio has a (K12) program just
like (CAVA-K12) here in California, all FREE they send you all the material
take care of those children they can change for the better,
http://www.k12.com/ohva

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5foxyglo(372 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

IF THE CHILDREN ARE STRAIGHT THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE NO FEELINGS TOWARD A METAL DETECTOR, IT IS FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY. YOU ARE SITTING IN SCHOOL OR IN THE CAFATERIA AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SOMEONE STARTS TO SHOOTING. I THINK IT'S A DAMN GOOD THING. THEY NEED THIS, SHOULD HAD THIS YEARS AGO IN ALL SCHOOLS EVERY WHERE.ALL STATES. THEY NEED THEM IN GRADE SCHOOL TTO, THESE YOUNGSTERS ARE GETTING GUNS EASILY

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Potential disgruntled donors are the greatest threat in our society and protective measures are necessary .

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7Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Pretty sad state of affairs when kids are sent to prisons instead of schools - -- signs of the times.

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8ThewayIseeit(31 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

And it all started with columbine high school massacre......

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9Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

ThewayIseeit,

Yes Columbine was the big one no doubt.

Unfortunately the seeds of destruction were sewn over 20 years ago when parents were told it was evil to discipline their kids, when corporal punishment was removed from teachers and administrators.In the early 60s the campaign to remove school prayer and so on all boiled up to where we are today. What did the government expect was going to happen?

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10BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

BIGBEN:

That has to be one of the best comments I have read on here in a VERY long time. Thank you for posting it.

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11Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

BrothaLove,

You bet .Thanks.

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12VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Bigben is right. The way I see kids today behave in stores with their parents makes me want to cry. The parents are allowing their kids to walk all over them and finally getting what they want through their bad behavior. These parents are giving in when they should be hauling the troublemaker outside and given the riot act. Children should never be rewarded for their bad behavior, yet that is what we are doing in society today just to shut them up. Its the wrong thing to do and the wrong way for your child to train you. Who's the boss anyway...you or the 9 year old spoiled brat who's acting like a 4 year old?

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13Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I have to disagree with you there MARGETCHUNK. I sure don't want to our country turn into a police state. I don't think either parents nor kids should have to have random testing in the schools that is squeezing the Constitutional right to privacy too far in my opinion.

There are already dogs turned loose , lock downs and police in the schools.

Remember Americans are innocent until proven guilty in the United States.If we start to presume guilty until proven innocent than we trample all over that great law of the land. I understand your frustration but that is not worth it .The freedoms of the innocent are worth more than the potential drug use of the criminals .

If you doubt the dangers of intrusive government than ask WW11 vet if you can still find one he'll tell you of bad guys like Hitler and Joseph Stalin and the crimes against humanity they committed started with endless screenings and testing.

Besides that a lot of times the police know who the young dealers are.When the powers that be keep giving them drug court then the revolving door syndrome develops.What I am saying is the laws need enforced.

Same things can be said of guns.Don't take away my freedoms under the Constitution because of some crooks that will get them on the black market anyway.The kids who want to do drugs will find a way to do them and they have ways of cheating the tests anyhow.

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14seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

They need to drop some of these in the Boardman schools since the enrollment is increasing with ghetto trash...

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15Bigben(1996 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

There is no need for these in Boardman at this time.

That is the type of knee jerk response I worry about.There is a problem here so lets do it everywhere.

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