Weeks after robbery, Youngstown Schools hasn’t changed protocol

CEO Krish Mohip said an internal review has been conducted, but there is no timetable in place for changes to security

A staff member at Taft Elementary school in Youngstown was robbed gunpoint.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been two weeks now since a first grade teacher was held up at gunpoint in the parking lot of Taft Elementary School in Youngstown. Although Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip said at the time that he wanted to improve security, there are still no new policies in place to address the issue.

‘Right now, what we’ve done is, we’ve already done an internal review of all the facility issues in the district to make sure that things are safe,” Mohip said on Monday.

On November 1, the day that teacher was robbed, Mohip told WKBN that he would be adding additional officers before and after classes each day, but so far, nothing has been changed.

Mohip said he’s not looking to enact private security but rather work with local law enforcement as well as examine the district’s policies to make sure that they’re effective.

Friday, East High School was the scene of yet another fight between students. Two of those students involved had been transferred to the Mahoning County Alternative High School last year for disciplinary reasons but were allowed back this fall after signing a pledge to behave.

Today, Mohip said the students will have to answer for their actions.

“It’s making sure the students get the consequences that they deserve and most often, in times like that, it’s a day suspension with a referral for expulsion,” he said.

Mohip said he’s asking for help from the Mahoning County Educational Service Center and is also turning to the head of security in his old district in Chicago for an outside review of district security to see what needs changed.

“I’m looking to bring people in from wherever, whatever walks of life, if someone has the experience and the knowledge of how to ensure better safety for our kids,” he said.

At this point, however, there is no timeline to have any of those changes in place.

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