North Canton: Parents bring gun questions, concerns to safety meeting

10:09 AM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH CANTON -- Approximately 150 parents filled the auditorium at Hoover High School Tuesday night, for a community meeting to address school safety and security.

North Canton Schools Superintendent Mike Hartenstein says the meeting was planned, not because of any current local problems, but because of the Connecticut school shooting tragedy in December.

North Canton Schools are in the process of updating buildings and security measures, and the school district wanted to get the input of parents. Some of the questions included the feasibility of putting an armed guard at every school, and the likeliness of arming teachers.

Others wanted to know what it would take to have a school resource officer at each campus for at least a few minutes every day, to establish a presence.

Many parents wanted to go over the lockdown procedures and training practices in case of an armed intruder.

Police Chief Stephan Wilder says they are not considering the idea of arming teachers.  The district is looking at the possibility of stronger glass on doors and windows, and a digital communication system between classrooms, administrators and police.

The superintendent and police chief will take the feedback from tonight's meeting and put together focus groups, as they work on bettering the school district's security measures for the future.  


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