Hazleton Area High School Adds X-Ray Machines to Student Bags As Part of Efforts to Boost Safety | Poconos and coal region

HAZLE TWP., PA – Starting this week, entering Hazleton Area High School will be like going through the TSA at the airport. In addition to metal detectors, students must pass their bags through an X-ray machine.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Uplinger says the school board bought four for about $ 13,000 each. It was covered by Title IV money.

The arrival of the machine comes at a time when there have been two recent events. In high school last Friday, a fight broke out between students and non-students in the parking lot. And on Wednesday, an elementary school student threatened to bring a gun to school.

“We reacted immediately, and the student was not going to bring a gun to school, will not be returning to school in the near future,” Uplinger said.

Uplinger says the x-ray machines were purchased months before these events took place, and they are one of the first districts to implement the machines into students’ daily routines.

“We are trying to stay ahead and be as innovative as possible because we have a large population here. We have over 12,500 students across the district, so it’s important to keep everyone safe.” , Uplinger said.

The first day with the machines was a bit difficult. It took a little longer to scan the bags than the administration expected, leaving a long line of students waiting in the cold.

But, Uplinger says they fixed a few issues.

“The students weren’t lined up on the outside, they got in really quickly,” Uplinger said.