Harrisburg schools evaluate security after stabbing


Harrisburg School District Security Director Quinton Cobb says the district is evaluating current procedures to determine how a high school student got a knife past security on Tuesday.

Cobb says metal detectors are used at the high school, and if the alarm goes off, a security officer uses a wand. Cobb says bags and purses are also checked.

The school has a combination of safety monitors and also has a contract with a security firm. Cobb says they added more people to the security effort after Tuesday’s incident.

“Upgrading and improving what we have in place is on me,” Cobb said. “I will continue to assist our safety monitors and security group with procedures and simulations and training.”

Cobb says they will have extra security in place for the rest of the week, and it could extend into next week.

One student who was stabbed in the arm during a fight is home from a hospital. The student who brought the knife to school has been charged as an adult.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said it was too early to determine if the case will be moved to juvenile court.

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