Waynesboro officials mull school safety
By DON AINES / Staff Writer
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In the wake of two incidents this month that resulted in three students facing criminal charges, Waynesboro Area School District Interim Superintendent Herbert A. Phelps said Tuesday the district will try to help students police themselves.
"Students are the best policers of their own ranks," Phelps said at the meeting of the school district's Board of School Directors. He said the district formed a task force early in the school year to examine student discipline, but now it is being asked to look at both school security and creating an environment in which students feel comfortable reporting incidents or behavior that could be a prelude to violence.
"Students really have a responsibility, not only to themselves, but their fellow students" to report their suspicions to school authorities, Phelps said.
On Friday, a Waynesboro Area Senior High School student found a threatening note and turned it over to a teacher. Phelps said two high school students were taken into custody by Waynesboro police in connection with the note, which was a bomb threat.