WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Security measures that have been put in place at Summit Academy in Warren worked Tuesday morning by preventing two pocket knives from getting into the building.
When the bus drops students off at the school, they don’t head to their classroom right away. Every day, all students must get wanded with a metal detector, and their bags are searched as well.
“I check all the pockets. They know now through the procedure they will come in and disperse everything in their bag on the table so I can go through that. They stuff it back. Sensei wands them and they go about their day,” social studies teacher Charles Miller said.
It takes roughly 30 minutes to search all 105 students. Sensei Sean Gordon discovered two pocket knives in a student’s jacket Tuesday. He said it is worth the time it takes.
“Very much worth it, cause if you’re thinking about education, you got to act like Mr. Padula is willing to do and have safety first. The kids have to feel safe in the building and know nothing is going to happen to them,” Gordon said.
Before school and throughout the day, principal James Padula and staff check garbage cans, paper towel dispensers and bathroom stalls for hidden drugs, weapons and gang graffiti.
“I open up the window sills because they could hide drugs and weapons on the window sills,” Padula said.
Padula is no stranger to school violence. He came from a tough school system in Yonkers, New York four months ago and said it is all precautionary.
“In society, things are different now. It just takes that one person now on any given day so you never underestimate anybody,” Padula said.
The school also is looking to raise money to install security cameras around the building.